Why I want to see a City of Brookhaven

A BrookhavenYES Board member shares his views on cityhood.

A week or two ago Representatives Elena Parent (D-81) and Mike Jacobs (R-80) exchanged viewpoints on the formation of new cities in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  The Jacobs editorial was soon followed by an editorial authored by DeKalb CEO Ellis.  I did not see my reason for supporting Brookhaven in any of those editorials - not that I expected to.  The problem is that we have a county operating with an obsolete economic model and we don’t have a way to change the model. 

We continue with the same economic planning and budgeting because our basis of operation is not changing. The bureaucracy, and its inertia won’t let it.  We can’t reduce the cost of county operations because we are up against politically charged discussions of reductions in county staff, reductions in benefits, loss of police or fire services, garbage pickup once every two years and the like.  Unfortunately, the only way to make the county work is either to change something, or continue to increase our direct and hidden tax burden.   This fundamental change, that we cannot make, happens in city formation. 

With city formation, and for one set of services, we deconstruct our legacy paradigm using contracted services, fewer employees, contribution type retirement programs, and better responsiveness through a shorter and leaner chain of command in all services and in city management.  I don’t want to continue to operate the way the county does, I want the county to operate the way new cities do, and the City of Brookhaven will.  


Larry Danese

Larry Danese is a member of the Board BrookhavenYES and a longtime community activist in DeKalb County.

Matt Foley March 11, 2012 at 04:19 AM
http://www.peopledirect.org/?p=834 - an open letter to Mike Jacobs and Fran Millar from a resident of "unincorporated Dekalb County" aka A-T-L-A-N-T-A Hey Mike and Fran - Can you demonstrate (with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY, please) that your new city of Ass-ford or Brookhaven will be less costly to me and my neighbors and numerous others who oppose this farce!
the Colonel March 15, 2012 at 02:41 AM
HamBurger March 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Brookhaven Bob . . . What became of him?
Carl Childers March 15, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Well this Letter to the Editor was submitted into the Obituaries Heading. Yikes! Long live Bob.
m May 04, 2012 at 02:24 PM
So amny fallacies about duplication of services. Please undersatnd you tax bill! Your tax bill is 3 parts! 1. Dekalb General fund (Grady/Marta/Courts) 2. Dekalb County Schools 3. City or City Services (SSD) Police/fire/Planning/Code enforcement/ Trash pick-up Thsi will remai the same. If you live in Decatur you pay: 1. Dekalb General fund taxes 2. Dekalb School taxes 3. City taxes (police/fire/planning/code enforcement) and so on This is not the first city to form. Brookhaven will get to keep their local money local. and it won't be shifted to South Dekalb. This is not duplication of services. It's a transfer from one poorly run govt to hopefully a better one. the county will only provide general services: Courts/Marta/Grady! The anti-folks are so uneducated about the tax situation it makes me laugh. If you want to throw your tax money to south Dekalb for brick sidewalks and road improvements: then vote against the new city! That's what you want: status quo! If you want to keep your money local for resurfacing, fixing potholes, creating bikeways and sidewalks: vote for the new City! Brookhaven will be much better than the status quo! No brainer! city taxes for city ser


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