Supporters of incorporating the city of LaVista Hills say they won't be challenging election results from earlier this month in court and are turning over evidence to the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
The bid for creating the city of LaVista Hills in DeKalb County lost by fewer than 150 votes from the Nov. 3 referendum. According to LaVista Hills Yes, a grassroots group in favor of LaVista Hills' incorporation, of the 34,577 registered voters in the area only 13,714 votes were tallied on the cityhood referendum. A total of 6,925 people voted no; while 6,789 voters said yes to the city proposal.
"At the end of the day, we didn't carry the vote," said Kevin Levitas, with the LaVista Hills Alliance. "Folks have spoken so, it's time to dust ourselves off and move on and see what else we can do to help the community."
Levitas said the cost of challenging the vote in court would have been too expensive for a grassroots organization, but expressed confidence in the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
So what's next for the push for cityhood in central DeKalb County?
Levitas said he doesn't think the legislature is going to consider the same LaVista Hills proposal anytime soon, if at all, but thinks there could be another incorporation effort in the future.
He said if a push for incorporation were to happen to again, he said supporters should go back to something similar to the original Lakeside proposal, which included smaller portion of unincorporated DeKalb County. The map for LaVista Hills previously included two prior cityhood proposals ─ Lakeside and Briarcliff ─ which combined to make the proposed city of LaVista Hills.
"Now they know, they don't need a poll. They know how those areas feel about being included in a city," Levitas said.