Though I appreciate and respect the spirit and energy of the pro-and-anti city of Brookhaven groups, this almost feels like a war between Fox News and CNN; both sides argue that they provide the most fair and balanced news, so it drives me to watching CNBC.
That is how I feel about the two groups trying to promote/demote the city of Brookhaven.
I know I can speak for some residents out there that we are honestly trying to educate ourselves about the pros and cons of incorporating, but who can we trust? Obviously both sides will embellish (even if just a little) to get support for their cause. I tried going to the YES and NO websites but gave up eventually because, frankly, I don’t trust the information given.
I read this forum, see all the bickering of message boards, and try to derive some conclusions knowing that the truth is somewhere in the middle. YES people say lower taxes, NO people say higher taxes….so which is it?!?!? One says more services, one says less services ... polar opposites.
That is exactly why I can’t trust either side. I go back and forth trying to figure out my position but still remain on the fence The way I see it, facts can really only be told from the unincorporated side. Since the “New” city isn’t established, the only “facts” are what is being forecasted through influenced studies.
Can you call something that is forecasted a fact?
Fact: We already pay taxes out the wazoo.
Fact: Our government manages out tax dollars horrendously.
So that philosophy pushes me towards YES.
But can I really trust that a study that seems to have so many holes, is likely politically influenced. Remember the Facebook IPO that flopped ... their stock was over-valued, and I don’t want a Facebook flop for Brookhaven.
Believe me, I do want the city to materialize, but I have to have some comfort with the information I am being fed. And to be honest, the over-zealousness of the YES people is somewhat off-putting.
There also appears to me that there is much, much support for the NO side. Why is that? Incorporation sounds like a wonderful thing if done for the right reasons and done honestly (is that even possible with the government?). Could it be that this is being done for the wrong reasons?
I can be swayed in either direction at this point. I just need someone to help sway me in a direction.