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Stockbridge Ready To Unleash ‘Haymaker’ In Fight Against Eagle’s Landing

The Georgia legislature has already approved a bill that de-annexes almost half of the city of Stockbridge to form Eagle's Landing. 
The Georgia legislature has already approved a bill that de-annexes almost half of the city of Stockbridge to form Eagle's Landing. 
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The final bill that would help create the city of Eagle’s Landing is up for a vote Tuesday in Georgia’s House.

The Georgia legislature has already approved a bill that de-annexes almost half of the city of Stockbridge to form Eagle’s Landing.

Next up is a bill establishing the new city’s charter.

Stockbridge Mayor Anthony Ford told residents Monday that if the legislature approves the final bill he has one last plan to make sure his city isn’t torn apart.

“I’ve got a haymaker ready to go,” Ford said. “Two different law firms ready to be energized and move forward and stop this in its tracks and let the law figure it out.”

Ford said the lawyers would look into whether or not all Stockbridge residents should get a vote in the Eagle’s Landing creation.

Right now, only those people living in the proposed new city would get a say.

John Blount, a Stockbridge city council member, said the council has done almost everything it can to convince state lawmakers to oppose the legislation.

“But yet still they could care less about what you and I think,” Blount said. “They could care less about what impact is going happen to this city. They could care less about what’s going to be the future of those inside the bubble.”

Mayor Ford has stated in the past, if Eagle’s Landing is formed by pulling land from Stockbridge, the city council would have to impose a property tax on residents left behind.

If both bills become law, residents would get a chance to vote as early as May.

Stockbridge city officials said they plan to gather at the State Capitol Tuesday to protest the bill’s potential passage.