Current Taxes

4.99

MILS
Tax rate we currently pay to the county

Proposed Lower Taxes

MILS
Tax rate paid to the new city instead of the county

Current Representation

0

Number of representatives currently living in 31410

Proposed Representation

31410 neighbors serving as representatives in a new city

Our vote in the county

8.4%

31410's say in county-wide elections (ordinances, representation)

Our vote in a new city

%

31410's say in city-wide elections (ordinances, representation)

Approximate amount of money we are losing every year, instead of investing in services and projects in 31410.

Who controls our destiny?

We are the Islands Community Association, a non-profit volunteer organization working with our citizen-residents, elected officials, & local businesses to study the idea of incorporating the islands of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh & Wilmington (Chatham County, GA).

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 ICA endeavors to provide information, not influence, to the voters who will decide the future of our islands.

Who controls our destiny?

We are the Islands Community Association, a non-profit volunteer organization working with our citizen-residents, elected officials, & local businesses to study the idea of incorporating the islands of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh & Wilmington (Chatham County, GA).

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 ICA endeavors to provide information, not influence, to the voters who will decide the future of our islands.

Who controls our destiny?

We are the Islands Community Association, a non-profit volunteer organization working with our citizen-residents, elected officials, & local businesses to study the idea of incorporating the islands of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh & Wilmington (Chatham County, GA).

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 ICA endeavors to provide information, not influence, to the voters who will decide the future of our islands.

Latest News + Updates

ICA Wins 3 Communicator Awards

May 24, 2019

The Islands Community Association website was recognized for distinction in communication and design, winning 3 Communicator Awards!

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HB 710 Introduced!

Mar 28, 2019

Big news Islanders! HB 710 introduced has been introduced to the Georgia House! The referendum could be sometime in 2020. Stay informed, talk to your neighbors, consider your vote! We would like to thank Rep. Jesse Petrea and Sen. Ben Watson for introducing House Bill 710 on Thursday March 28th, 2019. Today marks a milestone in the quest to preserve the islands of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh and Wilmington. This generic, working charter – which is not complete – is required to continue the conversation and perform our due diligence.

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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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The Timeline

January 2019 to April 2019 - Georgia State Legislature introduces the placeholder bill on the House floor - beginning one year of consideration and discussion. The placeholder bill is a generic, model charter, provided by the Georgia Municipal Association. The governing details of the charter will be determined over the following year. Even the name of the new city is not set in stone.

January 2020 to April 2020 - After the Charter is customized for our islands, the Georgia State Legislature votes on the bill – giving us and only us the right to vote "YES" or "NO" to become a city. 

May 2020 to November 2020 - Local voters vote on incorporation. The citizens of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh, & Wilmington will have the ultimate approval over all terms of the governing charter.

September 2020 to January 2021 - If the will of the voters is to incorporate a new City of the Islands, an election is held to select a new City Council. The representatives would be comprised exclusively of Oatland, Talahi, Whitemarsh, & Wilmington Island residents.

January 2021 to April 2021 - City begins the process of taking over services. The two-year transition period begins, and the new City slowly takes over responsibility for services, and begins to receive funds. The new City can choose which services to take over first, and which services to take over later. At no point is the new City responsible for funding services it cannot handle, nor is it required to accept liability for emergencies that it cannot fund or administrate.  

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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What's Next?

We need to educate, inform, and inspire our neighbors to vote “YES” or “NO” when the referendum to incorporate is placed on the ballot.

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