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Tonya Isles, Candidate for City Council, Union City, GA

My Top Priorities

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Now the Voiceless… Have a Voice

For us to secure the victory, I will need your help to make my appointment a reality. I am asking for your support for the November Election. Together we can make change a reality.

Union City is positioned in a prime location, with valuable undeveloped land. We must update the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning to ensure we are using a planned approach to development. It is time to use vacant existing commercial buildings, rather than construct new buildings that will sit empty. By collaborating with area cities, we can attract quality development such as shopping, dining and recreation venues.

We must raise the expectation for businesses within Union City and seek corporate partners that will actively support our community and not just put strains on our infrastructure. Union City is positioned in a prime location, with valuable undeveloped land. We must update the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning to ensure we are using a planned approach to development. It is time to use vacant existing commercial buildings, rather than construct new buildings that will sit empty.

By collaborating with area cities, we can attract quality development such as shopping, dining and recreation venues. We must raise the expectation for businesses within Union City and seek corporate partners that will actively support our community and not just put strains on our infrastructure.

warehouse in union city

We must find ways to increase resident engagement as a way to remain focused on maximizing quality of life for residents. In the past, voter turnout has been low and candidates have run unopposed. Additionally, elections have been cancelled. Residents must be given multiple opportunities and methods to express concerns and desires to the elected officials. And elected officials should be willing to engage residents to understand and respond to their concerns.

Union City Cancels 2017 Election
equipment next to union city community staged for land clearing

Union City is one of the last cities in Fulton County that does not offer a city basic homestead exemption for residents, who are not senior citizens. I will push for a city exemption tax that will ease the financial burden on my fellow citizens.  Due to property tax increases, monthly mortgage payments are increasing for most residents in Fulton County.  Some tax relief is better than none. Therefore, Union City should adopt a city basic homestead exemption. Ensuring the city creates, optimizes and maintains a balanced budget, while meeting resident and city operational needs is very important. As part of progress re-imagined, we must challenge past spending patterns and allocate funds so that all of the top priorities are fulfilled.

We must respect the environment by increasing the minimum requirement for natural buffers on all commercial developments. We do a disservice to future generations by allowing 200 acres of trees to be clear-cut for a commercial structure with upwards of 100 vehicles that emit harmful toxins. Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases, and can filter harmful particulates out of the air.  Only in extreme circumstances should we allow a stream buffer variance request to build a commercial structure. Stream buffers filter pollutants and are essential for protecting water quality for drinking, fishing, irrigation, and industrial operations, as well as reduce flooding and erosion.

For 2019, Union City has once again been named one of Georgia’s Ten Most Dangerous Cities, by Wall Street 24/7 and Roadsnacks.net. We must make sure the Union City Police Department has the officers, equipment, technology, and resources needed to build stronger, positive relationships in all Union City neighborhoods. We must change the city’s reputation so that we save lives and attract quality development.

Report: Union City is one of the most dangerous cities in georgia
Report: Union City is one of the worst cities in Georgia

Throughout the city, there are buildings that have been abandoned and vacant for many years. Some of them have been condemned, yet they are still standing. This blight provides a haven for criminal activity. It is also visually unappealing and it is time to spruce up the city’s appearance and instill pride in our city.

Serious Areas of Concern

Before and After picture slide of Land Clearing

Undisturbed LandAnother Warehouse

Are you near a large area of undeveloped Land?

There can be a real possibility that the land around your home could be “industrialized” for corporate interest. I will work tirelessly for responsible development.

Decisions are being made that are not in your best interest…