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Keep The Islands
Forces are working to set the stage for the merger of unincorporated Chatham County and The City of Savannah. If successful, the islands where we live and work would be taxed and governed by a new Savannah-Chatham mega-government.
But there’s a better choice… Say “NO”, and incorporate the islands.
The only way we will have a choice in this important decision is to fund an incorporation feasibility study as a community. Join us in our efforts to preserve our independent way of life here on our islands!
You Did It!
Fundraising Goal: $30,000
LATEST UPDATE (10/1/2018): The UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government has nearly completed the islands incorporation feasibility study. We all worked so hard to raise the money, and now Carl Vinson has informed us that the study may be completed early! Upon completion, Carl Vinson must first provide the results to our elected officials. After State Representative Jesse Petrea and Ben Watson, the results will be furnished to the Islands Community Association, and then posted on our website and their website for all to see and digest. Check back with us soon for more information. Incorporate the Islands!
Let's be a city! The Constitution grants us the right to self-govern. Who could nurture, care for and govern the islands of Talahi, Oatland, Whitemarsh, and Wilmington better than the people that live here? Good roads, community police, ordinances that make sense, and keeping our tax dollars local: these are all possible if we work together. The money you raised for the feasibility study we're sending to the Georgia State Legislature was the first step toward self governance.
Please join us in our efforts to preserve our independent way of life here on our islands! By incorporating the islands into our own city, we can spend our tax dollars here instead of funding projects elsewhere! We are about to move into the next phase of the movement. We'll need money for advertising like yard signs, billboards, and flyers. We need to educate, inform, and inspire our neighbors to vote "YES" when the referendum to incorporate is placed on the ballot.
All donations of any amount are appreciated! Want to get some sweet City of Islands swag? Check out our online store to buy hats, shirts, phone cases, and other cool stuff that shows your support for our islands!
Pay online, or make checks payable to: ISLANDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. Cash or check donations can be taken directly to any First Chatham Bank branch location, or given to a member of the Islands Community Association board.
Let's be a city! To prevent consolidation into the City of Savannah, we have to bring our own feasibility study to the state legislature. Time is of the essence! Once funded, the study takes approximately 6 - 8 months to complete.
If we want to choose a different path from joining the City of Savannah, we need to raise the $30,000 by the end of April 2018. Please join us in our efforts to preserve our independent way of life here on our islands! By incorporating the islands into our own city, we can spend our tax dollars here instead of funding projects elsewhere!
All donations of any amount are appreciated!
Make checks payable to: ISLANDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. Cash or check donations can be taken directly to any First Chatham Bank branch location, or given to a member of the Islands Community Association board.
Did you know?
The islands of Wilmington, Whitmarsh, Oatland, and Talahi have 24,500 residents. If we incorporate, we will be the 2nd largest city in Chatham County!
City of Pooler Comparison
Pooler Population is approximately 22,000. Revenue for 2017 was about $20,000,000 (Estimated from 2017 Proposed Pooler Budget)
Skidaway Island Comparison
Skidaway Island Revenue will be approximately 6 MILLION – they have 6000 residents.
How Do We Decide What to Do?
PAY for the feasibility study!
NO STUDY = NO CHOICE
Community Meeting + Feasibility Study
Thursday, November 29 @ 6:30pm
St. Andrew's School
601 Penn Waller Road
Savannah, GA 31410
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