What are you most looking forward to in the City of Brookhaven?

As citizens of Brookhaven we were all promised many things that sound good. But when the rubber meets the road, will we get what was promised?

At LAST! We have an elected administration. Now it's time to get busy framing out the city for real and getting down to business. As citizens of Brookhaven we were all promised many things that sound good. But when the rubber meets the road, will we get what was promised? It will be up to each of us to settle for nothing less than we were promised...and demand it in a timely fashion.

The Key Promises are:

• A First Class Police Force
• Lower Taxes
• Pristine Parks
• Freshly Paved Roads
• Strict Code Enforcement
• Responsible Planning and Zoning

It is imperative that the people of Brookhaven hold the Mayor and City Council to deliver on their promises.

What service is most important to you in our new city?

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Brookhaven4u December 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Hello Annabell, I understand your frusteration. There is no doubt that BrookhavenYes and some of our elected officials, promoted lower taxes. The reality is that is not going to be the case. With the lost of the Host Credit on your bill (Under city tax, city keeps, under county, you get a refund). When cityhood came out, I did a stare and compare of my previous taxes. With the loss of the HOST Credit and the addition of the franchise fees, my taxes were always higher under the city model (2010, 2011, & 2012). So I knew BrookhavenYes claim of lower taxes was less then truthful, I can only hope the CVI Revenue expectations are not as flawed, otherwise, our parks may not be the best. Your best bet, live in District 1, they should get first dibs on any capital improvements.
HamBurger December 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Mr. EPU, I think most people that were not for the new city wanted to have the process slow down to make sure all the bases were covered practically and financially. However, it was more expedient cause wise for Rep. Mike Jacobs, Brookhaven Yes, J. Max Davis, and all of the other pro-city candidates to paint these folks as “Democrats” and “No City” as opposed to truly serve area citizens and insure the practicality of a new city. Now? Well, there are promises to live up to. Please pass those thin sliced onions!
Chris December 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
EPU, I only expect what we have seen with the other new cities. That being stable tax rates (not one has raised their millage) and better service than citizens received before incorporation. "Pristine" parks is nice, but not something worth raising our millage rate for. Government's responsibility is to protect the citizens. Anything else is yellow mustard on HamBurger's soy patty.
"E Pluribus Unum" December 07, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Chris, thank you for you reply. I really hope your comment "stabilized tax rates" become a reality for the next 8-10 years. If that happens , than the new city delivered. Where I am still struggling is the "either-or" part. Stable tax rates mean parks are not pristine. See, that's not what I was told by Yes proponents. I was lead to believe we would have lower taxes AND pristine parks, quality police safety, and top grade sidewalks. It was an "and-both " vision. I thought that was an unrealistic expectation and that's part of the reason I was suspicious of the Yes motives. I would have much preferred to be given this choice (this for that) in evaluating if I supported a new city or not. Because I wasn't, I felt manipulated. I felt someone didn't respect me enough to provide realistic options, or I was not smart enough to see what was really going on. Who knows, given the choices, I might have fully supported the new city...as long as taxes did not INCREASE. This is why I want the new city to deliver what Carl Childers has laid out, because I was sold this vision. With all this said , do you understand why I am pissed with some of the lame excuses and rational being offered as to why the new city dream is an "eithe-or" reality?
Eddie E. December 07, 2012 at 11:48 PM
RS, Did you mean 'if they do not do District 1's business'?
Eddie E. December 07, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Chris, From the VERY FIRST PUBLIC MEETING, mike jacobs PROMISED LOWER TAXES. Of course, knowing mike jacobs, I knew it was not a 'factual statement'.
Eddie E. December 07, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Chris, BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT WAS PROMISED BY THE YESKLAN!!! I want all the promises met, in short order, with my promised fat tax cut..... Or maybe it will be time for District 2 to consider secession, as we were clearly lied to!
Eddie E. December 07, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Thanks Carl! It seems obvious that the countdown to our 'Peachtree Corners Moment' is speeding up. It is sad that the apologists have been sent into the fray already to restate what was the BASIC REASON FOR NO CITY in the first place. The facts were obvious from the beginning, but the greed (tax cut and wealth transfer to District 1) overcame common sense. I hate to say it, but I do believe I TOLD YOU SO!
HDM December 08, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Unum-no offense meant, just meant I feel for those unfortunately souls still in unincorporated Dekalb, the democrat bureacracy is sure to dig ever deeper into their pocket. All of us in Brookhaven were smart to vote ourselves a city to protect us from the worst of it.
Albie Alright December 08, 2012 at 12:52 AM
The citizens of Dunwoody voted to have their city start with a 2.04 millage rate. The vote happened and they voted in favor of the city. Once they got their first budget the number of 2.04 was too small and was thrown out the window and the council approved a 2.74 millage rate. Bait and switch. Plain and simple. Also, service promises were cut and police have already been proven to be inadequate. http://dunwoodynorth.blogspot.com/2008/10/webers-outline-of-why-to-use-hybrid.html Will we face the same? Likely. Prediction, Dunwoody has fortunately not hit their cap of 3.04 mills thanks to Perimeter Mall and a strong PCID. But in Brookhaven with much less revenue, we will have to start at our cap of 3.35 and still be deficient. Mark my words. When the budget is released our revenues will be nowhere near the 25.1 million dollar estimate Mike Jacobs insisted the CVI use. Email evidence has attempted to be posted but refused by moderator in addition to a letter from Christopher Pike of Dunwoody stating that it is a bad idea to cap the millage rate as it handcuffs future borrowing opportunities for the city of Brookhaven. Whatever folks. Y'all wanted this. You got it, Toyota. Have fun. I'm going to Europe with M.
Booyah December 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I really have no idea what in the world anyone on this board is talking about. I haven't heard any of the newly elected officials backing down. I haven't heard any of the newly elected officials talking about higher taxes. Only the nut jobs on this blog, talking about nutty speculation. I truly love the crazy internet. One nut case uses the other as a reference. Unbelievable.
Albie Alright December 08, 2012 at 02:07 AM
The 3.35 millage rate increases your taxes. And you sir should not be so closed minded. Some of us have very close friends who actually know that there has been a budget since Nov 7. The number will come out next week. You will be surprised sir. Then you will surely need your A for your Residence.
Carl Childers December 08, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Eddie, As stated many times in the past, I am a scientist and a genius. Notice my enormous cranium.
"E Pluribus Unum" December 08, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Annabell Lankford and Albie Alright...thank you both for being real. HamBurger and Eddie E., we are inching our way to that moment of "awe shitte." A Resident....after reading many of your previous responses, you are definitely an intelligent, savvy, and at times a humorous person. To claim you have "no idea" is hard for me to accept. Consider this possibility for a moment. It's way too early for our elected officials to back off election promises. But the reality of what we are up against is coming into focus as the Commission prepares their handoff to the city leaders. Now, look at some of the comments put forth on this blog. They are presenting reasonable explanations as to what is different today than when we started down this path several months pass. That low rumbling of we can't hold the line on reducing taxes with nicer parks, sidewalks, top level police protection and safety will only get louder and louder. These competing forces of costs and expectations will only move farther away from each other. My point is this. You are now getting a first hand look at some of the talking points that will be used by our city leaders in the not so near future. So now, the dye has been cast. We can not retreat. The city of Brookhaven is here. But denying the strong likelihood that all can not be served is not going to help get us out of this situation. We must work together to make the best we can out of a difficult situation. Albie is describing our future. Now what?
Truth Squad December 08, 2012 at 04:15 AM
You are not fooling anyone "Annabell". You did not vote for the city as you are a partisan hack and a No city leftover. Brookhaven Yes leaders clearly stated that your property taxes would stay the same or decrease with the city. These statements were absolutely true at the time and will still be true if Dekalb's illegal manipulation of the millage rates is reversed. You know your claims are dishonest as you know about DeKalb's after the fact millage manipulations. It doesn't matter to you as political points are your m.o. , not honesty. Even if Dekalb's illegality on this matter stands for a time it still would be DeKalb county who is raising your taxes not the city of Brookhaven or city proponents.
Eddie E. December 08, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Residue, Do you think that diversion and obfuscation will still be a defense? The BUDGET drops next week, then the term Brokehaven will no longer be a joke!
Annabell Lankford December 08, 2012 at 05:14 PM
So you admit taxes will be higher? Whatever the cause, taxes will be higher, fact? Why so angry? Isn't this what you wanted? What a shill.
Annabell Lankford December 08, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Ps. Annabell is my real name. What's yours? And yes I did vote for the city. I am certain you make your mother proud with your antics. Be true to yourself and stop hiding behind a pseudonym.
Annabell Lankford December 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Maybe this will make you all feel a bit less angry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mKtjdAxG7M&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Eddie E. December 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM
'truth squad' I sir or madame did not vote for the city because I knew that everything from the cvi to the sales pitch to the bill was a steaming pile. I feel no responsibility whatsoever to 'roll up my sleeves' for this miscarriage of governance!
Shamabell December 08, 2012 at 08:41 PM
"Annabell" you did not vote for the city, you voted no on July 31st. You just prove my point with your political -point double speak. You don't seem to know or recognize honesty or truth. If I commit to buy you a dinner at Haven this Friday night and it burns down Friday morning have I lied to you when we don't get to eat at Haven? Your "logic" sounds like a 6 year old on the playground.
"E Pluribus Unum" December 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Annabell Lankford...very clever and informative.
Annabell Lankford December 08, 2012 at 10:40 PM
You don't need to buy me dinner. How bout I come over to your house, you can invite Mike Jacobs and J Max Davis, and we can have a great time after they explain to me why they lied to me and my ommunity. I did vote for the city. I did vote to have lower taxes and I did fail miserably to validate the promises that were made, when my husband was sick. I trusted these guys and vted to have lower taxes. I cannot ford ANY increase. I did vote yes. Don't be so angry fella.
Shamabell December 09, 2012 at 07:32 AM
"Annabell" you did not vote for the city. Please keep repeating your mantras about taxes and maybe someday they will ..... well , no, they still won't ever be true. You aren't some objective bystander just trying to get the facts- like Deborah Anthony also pretended to be this past summer- you are just someone whose team is 0-3 in local elections trying to build another false narrative. Don't you see Brookhaven voters are smarter than to fall for your "logic". They have repeatedly rejected the no city paranoia and cynical politics.
Eddie E. December 09, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Anabell and whoever you are, This exchange exemplifies the fault in the phony CVI. The 'study' was not an exercise in careful examination and evaluation in all the constant and variable parameters of expense and revenue (all readily available), instead it was an 'if-then' evaluation missing the all important logic step of 'else'. The CVI study was nothing more than a giant 'what if' with no expansion beyond the specific and very narrowly drawn questions. It was as if the question was 'is a new municipality viable if we count on 'x' amount of revenue and 'imaginary x' expenses with absolutely no consideration of contingency. For the paid an unpaid apologists to continue to lay the folly of the 'study', bill charter and eventual eye popping budget at the feet of the county is monumentally childish and irresponsible. B(ull)-YES, you invented this, you sold the cat in the bag (the proverbial pig in a poke) and you are a couple of days away from having no option but to reveal the disaster to the public. Be adults and accept FULL responsibility for YOUR actions!
Eric H December 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Good points about FOG, keeping Fats Oil and Grease out of the drain. I keep a container next to the sink to pour grease into. And looking at the cutaways of how it clogs up sewer pipes makes me want to further reduce my fat intake - imagine what it does to your arteries. As to local government Youtube's, musically I like this largely volunteer effort by MARTA - the Marta Safety Slide! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9cFVdWQiaw
Eddie E. December 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Carl, I stand corrected. We are apparently now to be prevented from expecting what we were promised (whether we believed the promises or not), instead the expectation is apparently now for us all to 'roll up our sleeves' so we can share in the eventual failure!! In the interim, everyone is expected to refrain from stating the obvious and use statements such as, 'That is a spectacular garment the Emperor is wearing today'.
Booyah December 10, 2012 at 08:51 PM
CVI hit a home run. The budget balances and is right in line with projections.
Joe The Plumber December 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Perfect. Then there should be no problem with a city hall actually IN Brookhaven.
Eddie E. December 10, 2012 at 09:55 PM
x, Where is this 'budget' published?


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