Gov. Kemp signs bill allowing vote on Skidaway municipality

Skidaway to get vote on incorporation

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - (UPDATE Feb. 15, 11 a.m.): Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has officially signed the bill allowing Skidaway residents the opportunity to vote on incorporation into their own city.

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Residents of Skidaway Island are one step closer to voting on whether or not they want to become their own municipality.

The bill to put it on the ticket in the March Special election passed the State House and Senate last week. Governor Kemp is expected to sign it in the coming days.

Between the House and the Senate, there were only five votes total against giving Skidaway Island residents the chance to vote on incorporation.

The measure was the first bill passed by both the House and Senate this session, according to bill sponsor Representative Jesse Petrea.

Petrea says the issue of incorporation has been a topic of discussion for years, and is due for a vote.

But he and other lawmakers are just laying the legislative groundwork for a vote, nothing more.

“We are not advocating for a yes or a no vote, and I will continue to stand in a neutral position, as is Senator Watson," said Representative Jesse Petrea. "But the people will make the decision. But I do absolutely believe it is the right of the people to make this decision.”

It will take a majority vote, 50 percent plus one for Skidaway to either become it’s own city or stay a part of unincorporated Chatham County.

Representative Petrea is hoping for a good turnout and a decisive one so the issue can be put to rest.

“If it were to fail that sends a strong message that the people are not interested in incorporation, and likewise if it were to pass," said Rep. Petrea. "So I think this is an opportunity for them to vote on an issue that has been discussed for many many many years, and has been studied and studied.”

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