Do you want the opportunity to vote YES or NO on incorporation?

Do you want the opportunity to vote YES or NO on incorporation?

For Island Residents & Businesses:

Who Controls Our Destiny?

Make the Islands Independent, or Should Things Stay the Same?

Should we become a city? The Constitution grants us all the right to self-govern. The Islands Community Association is not “PRO” or “CON” incorporation. If you feel very strongly that Chatham County is doing a great job, and do not wish to consider other alternatives, it is your ABSOLUTE RIGHT to disagree and vote “NO” on municipal incorporation of our islands. But for those residents that would like to explore alternatives, and get the opportunity to vote “YES” or “NO”, this website is your resource for information on the subject of municipal incorporation. The money you raised for the feasibility study was the first step toward potential self governance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the proposed lower tax a "teaser rate"?
Can Chatham County raise our taxes?
What happens to fire protection?
What happens to Stephens-Day exemptions?
Who writes the city charter?
Who gets to vote on becoming a city?

Do you want to have the opportunity to vote for or against incorporation?

Per Georgia State Assembly rules, a "Placeholder Bill" must be "dropped" in the "House Hopper" on ODD NUMBERED YEARS (i.e. 2019, 2021) for consideration and discussion by the legislators for 1 year. During the year that passes, the "Bill", cannot advance, or be voted upon.

Our legislators are deciding now whether or not to introduce this bill to the house. They need to hear from you! If you would like to have the opportunity to vote yes or no on the issue of incorporation, please enter your name, email, zip code and click sign now to have your voice heard in this critical issue!

You are not voting "YES" or "NO" on incorporation at this time. You are simply indicating that you wish our legislators to introduce the "placeholder bill" so that the one-year waiting period for discussion and consideration can begin.

By clicking sign now, an email will be sent to State Representative Jesse Petrea and State Senator Ben Watson registering your support for the opportunity to continue discussion. If you do not wish the "Placeholder Bill" to be introduced by your legislators, you can email them your dissent here.

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ATTN: Jesse Petrea (GA House 166) and Ben Watson (GA Senate 1)

RESOLUTION OF ISLANDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION REQUESTING INTRODUCTION OF A BILL ON MUNICIPAL INCORPORATION OF OATLAND, TALAHI, WHITEMARSH AND WILMINGTON ISLANDS

WHEREAS, Islands Community Association commissioned the 2018 Feasibility Study on the Proposed Incorporation of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington Islands prepared by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government and duly noted the potential benefits to all residents of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington Islands from the municipal incorporation of the City of Islands; and,

WHEREAS, said action deserves careful consideration and public discussion; and,

WHEREAS, the Georgia legislative procedure requires a two-session process prior to passing a bill allowing for a vote of the residents of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington Islands concerning incorporation; and,

WHEREAS, failure to introduce said legislation in the 2019 Georgia Legislative Session would cause a delay that is detrimental to the residents of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington Islands; and

NOW THEREFORE, Islands Community Association hereby formally requests its elected officials introduce legislation in the Georgia General Assembly prior to the 40th day of the 2019 state legislative session which is necessary to allow all residents of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington Islands to vote on the incorporation of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington Islands as soon as allowed under Georgia law.

**your signature**



Please introduce the bill, kindest regards.
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Latest News + Updates

Fire Protection and the Islands

Feb 10, 2019

In today’s paper, SSFD Chief Kearns wrote a piece about his organization, and briefly touched on the incorporation discussion happening in 31410. Personally, I thought the article was well-written, but I do want to address a few things...

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Do You Want the Opportunity to Vote Yes or No?

Jan 11, 2019

The Georgia State Assembly 2019 legislative session starts Monday, January 14. Your legislators need to hear from you! If you would like to have the opportunity to vote yes or no on the issue of municipal incorporation, please add your name now!

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Download the Feasibility Study!

Nov 18, 2018

The feasibility study is now available to download!

READ THE STUDY >

Download the Feasibility Study!

Read the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Feasibility Study

Did you know?

The islands of Wilmington, Whitemarsh, Oatland, and Talahi have 24,500 residents. If we incorporate, we will be the 2nd largest city in Chatham County!
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City of Pooler Comparison

Pooler Population is approximately 22,000. Revenue for 2017 was about $20,000,000 (Estimated from 2017 Proposed Pooler Budget)
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Skidaway Island Comparison

Skidaway Island Revenue will be approximately 6 MILLION – they have 6000 residents.
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We are the Islands Community Association, a non-profit volunteer organization working with our elected officials to study the idea of incorporating the islands of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh & Wilmington (Chatham County, GA).

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