Vinson Institute Declines To Update Brookhaven Study
DeKalb CEO Ellis: "I am concerned that citizens now have incorrect data."
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVI) has declined a request by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis to update its Brookhaven cityhood feasibility study using current tax digest values.
“I am concerned that citizens now have incorrect data, and I am disappointed that CVI will not adjust their revenue forecast,” Ellis said. “The feasibility study uses 2010 numbers, but the tax digest has fallen twice since then. The revenue estimates for the city of Brookhaven could be as much as 10 precent too high.”
In May, Ellis sent a letter to the CVI's local government program manager, Ted Baggett, asking for a supplement to the report that utilizes the actual proposed boundaries for the proposed city and the current tax digest.
That request was denied as “…not feasible to complete…” prior to the July 31 referendum, according to the letter that CVI sent to Ellis.
Ellis has not gone on record as opposing the city of Brookhaven, but has urged a revamping of the system currently in place in Georgia for creating cities.