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Incorporation Bill Passes State Legislature

By Kathy Siler
Incorporation Steering Committee Chair

The bill authorizing a vote this November on whether Skidaway Island will become a city has now passed the State Legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

House Bill 618 (www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/618) originally passed the State House on February 8. A slightly modified version then passed the State Senate on February 14. Because of the amendments, the House was required to vote again.

On March 21, 2018, the Georgia State House passed the amended HB 618 by a vote of 162-1. Following the end of the legislative session, the Governor will have 40 days to sign or veto the bill, or it automatically becomes law, giving the residents of Skidaway Island the opportunity to vote on the incorporation of the island. Voting for all Skidaway Island registered voters would be held on November 6, 2018.

As previously reported, the Incorporation Committee continues to work on open issues that require more study to give all residents the information they need to make an educated decision. These include Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), FEMA Flood Insurance, and interim plans to prepare for becoming a city, should the vote pass.

The main purpose of the current Incorporation Committee is to educate our electorate, providing answers to whatever questions come up with the best information at their disposal. There will be some questions that concern future issues that only the elected City Council can decide. The committee will be developing questions and answers, and additional information will be made available to all residents on Skidaway Island throughout the summer and into the fall before the election. There will also be additional Town Hall meetings in the fall.

Current information can be read online at the following websites: