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Original Milton County in 1883, with (counterclockwise from lower right) Gwinnett to the southeast, Forsyth to the northeast, Cherokee to the northwest, Cobb to the southwest, and Fulton (Hammond, now Sandy Springs) and DeKalb (Chamblee and Dunwoody) to the south. The northern edge of DeKalb also now no longer touches the river, as it did then.

Milton County was a county of the U.S. state of Georgia from 1857 to 1931. It was created on December 18, 1857 from parts of northeastern Cobb, southeastern Cherokee, and southwestern Forsyth counties. Alpharetta was the county seat until the end of 1931, when Milton was merged with Fulton County to save it from bankruptcy during the Great Depression.[1] At that time, Campbell County, which had already gone bankrupt, was also ceded to Fulton, giving it its 70-mile (110 km) long irregular shape along the Chattahoochee River.

Following the 1932 merger, the Cobb County town of Roswell was also ceded to Fulton four months later on May 9, 1932. The cession of Roswell (including everything east of Willeo Creek) made the new county more contiguous, though a very narrow strip (through what is now the Sandy Springs panhandle, ceded to Milton from DeKalb) actually already connected the two sections.

In 1900, there were several other post offices besides Alpharetta: Arnold, Coker, Dinsmore, Field's Cross Roads, Freemansville, McClure, Mazeppa, Ocee, Skelton, Stono, and Warsaw. Milton totaled 147 square miles (380 km2) or 94,080 acres. There was a population of 6,763, which was 555 more than at the previous (1890) census. Alpharetta had 310 residents, 1,529 lived in and around it. Methodists and Baptists were the dominant religious sects.[1]

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Re-creation proposals

See Secession section of Fulton County, Georgia for more in depth information

Fulton County has 10 percent of the state's population, being larger than eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The Fulton County school district is the only non-contiguous school district in the state, having a 17-mile (27 km) separation (Atlanta Public Schools) between the north and south.

In recent years, some residents of north Fulton County have sought to re-create Milton County. The proposed plan would include Alpharetta, Mountain Park, Johns Creek, Roswell, Milton, and Sandy Springs; the 13th-, unknown, 12th-, 7th-, 54th-, and 8th-largest cities[2] in the state respectively, in a new Milton County.

A February 2009 study completed in collaboration between the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government and Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies gave a positive analysis of the financial viability of the proposed Milton County.[3]

A bill before the Georgia General Assembly in 2005 that proposed the inclusion of Sandy Springs would rename the remainder of Fulton County as "Atlanta County". The state's constitution, however, now prohibits any more than 159 counties, the number it has had since the merger in 1932. Any change would require a constitutional amendment, supported by two-thirds of each house in the General Assembly and by over half of all voters statewide in a referendum.

On January 9, 2007, state Representative Jan Jones, who represents the house district that includes Roswell, and representatives of adjacent districts introduced HR 12. Without mentioning Milton County by name, HR 12 proposed to amend the state constitution to allow the legislature to re-create previous counties regardless of the 159-county limit, if such an action is ratified by voters in the areas of the proposed re-created county. The amendment would disallow voters in the remaining parts of Fulton County from voting on the issue.[4] Jones stated in November 2008 that she will reintroduce the bill in 2009, after the University of Georgia's study of the issue is completed.

Another possibility would be a merger of two or more of Georgia's other smaller rural counties into somewhat larger ones, thereby reducing the number of counties in the state. However, an actual implementation of this has not been formally discussed.

A resolution to amend the Georgia Constitution to ease the political path for resurrection the county was reintroduced by the area's legislators in the 2009 session. This resolution is HR 21 and SR 392.[5] As of 2009 February 18, HR 21 was reported favorably out of committee in a 7-1 vote.[6] Reps. Jan Jones and Mark Burkhalter spoke in favor as well as current Fulton County Commissioner Lynne Riley. Lobbyists for Fulton County and City of Atlanta, and Atlanta Dept of Watershed Managemen[7] Commissioner Robert Hunter spoke against.

Instead of following the process provided for in the Georgia Constitution for consolidating or dividing counties, HR 21 and SR 392 seek to amend the Constitution to allow only voters in those areas of Fulton County that propose to secede from Fulton County to approve or disapprove such a division.

Geography

Milton County originally bordered Gwinnett to the southeast, Forsyth to the northeast, Cherokee to the northwest, Cobb to the southwest, and Fulton (Hammond, now Sandy Springs) and DeKalb (Chamblee and Dunwoody) to the south. The northern edge of DeKalb also now no longer touches the river, as it did then. This section, north of Dunwoody Club Drive, is now the panhandle of Sandy Springs.

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See also: List of former United States counties


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Milton County was a county of the U.S. state of Georgia from 1857 to 1931. It was created on 18 December 1857 from parts of northeastern Cobb, southeastern Cherokee, and southwestern Forsyth counties. Alpharetta was the county seat until the end of 1931, when Milton was merged with Fulton County to save it from bankruptcy during the Great Depression[1]. At that time, Campbell County, which had already gone bankrupt, was also ceded to Fulton, giving it its 70-mile (110 km) long irregular shape along the Chattahoochee River.

Following the 1932 merger, the Cobb County town of Roswell was also ceded to Fulton four months later on 9 May 1932. The cession of Roswell (including everything east of Willeo Creek) made the new county more contiguous, though a very narrow strip (through what is now the Sandy Springs panhandle, ceded to Milton from DeKalb) actually already connected the two sections.

Re-creation proposals

See Secession section of Fulton County, Georgia for more in depth information

In recent years, some residents of north Fulton County have sought to recreate Milton County. The proposed plan would include Alpharetta, Mountain Park, Roswell, & Sandy Springs in a new Milton County. Proponents of the plan complain of a disproportionate distribution of Fulton County's municipal services between unincorporated Fulton County's lower-income south and higher-income north. Yet, some controversy exists as opponents criticize the recreation proposal, claiming that the plan is racially motivated.

A bill before the Georgia General Assembly in 2005 that proposed the inclusion of Sandy Springs would rename the remainder of Fulton County as "Atlanta County". The state's constitution, however, now prohibits any more than 159 counties, the number it has had since the merger in 1932. Any change would require a constitutional amendment, supported by two-thirds of each house in the General Assembly, and by over half of all voters statewide in a referendum. On 9 January 2007, Jan Jones, who represents the house district that includes Roswell, and representatives of adjacent districts introduced HR 12. Without mentioning Milton County by name, HR 12 proposes to amend the state constitution to allow the legislature to recreate merged counties regardless of the 159-county limit, if such an action is ratified by people in the areas of the proposed recreated county. This amendment would disallow voters in the remaining parts of Fulton County from voting on the issue. [2]

Another possibility would be a merger of two or more of Georgia's other smaller rural counties into somewhat larger ones, thereby reducing the number of counties in the state. This is reasonable since many if not most of Georgia's counties are considerably smaller and less populous than those in most states.

However, these methods may be irrelevant, because the study concluded that a new Milton County would not initially be cost-effective , and instead supported municipalization of the two remaining areas. These are Milton (north), Johns Creek (east) as well as Sandy Springs. This was decided by voters in Milton & Johns Creek in the 18 July 2006 election. The two officially became cities under Georgia constitutional law on 1 December 2006.

Geography

File:1883miltoncounty.jpg The map at right depicts the original Milton County in 1883, with (counterclockwise from lower right) Gwinnett County to the southeast, Forsyth County to the northeast, Cherokee County to the northwest, Cobb County to the southwest, and Fulton County (Hammond, now Sandy Springs) and DeKalb County (Chamblee and Dunwoody) to the south. Note that the northern edge of DeKalb County also now no longer touches the river, as it did then.


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See also: List of former United States counties


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