Brookhaven Has A Shared Fate With DeKalb County

A supporter of Brookhaven cityhood responds to a recent commentary by the president of Oglethorpe University.

In a recent , Dr. Lawrence Schall of posits that society should be measured not by how it treats the most capable members, but rather how it treats those who, from time to time, need investment in their future and an investment in a shared fate.

Dr. Schall's assertion will certainly steel the resolve of those who agree.

The opinion is well-written and contains moral and emotional appeal, but Dr. Schall has glossed over vital points to draw a conclusion on Brookhaven incorporation not supported by his own facts.

DeKalb County has nearly 750,000 residents and it will continue to have the same number of residents after the city of Brookhaven is incorporated. 

After incorporation, approximately 14 percent of a Brookhaven residents tax bill will shift from county control to city government, but those revenues will still be used to benefit all DeKalb citizens. The city will provide police; parks; roads; zoning; and code enforcement for both residents and visitors of the 12 square miles called Brookhaven. Everyone will benefit from improved parks, well maintained roads, and more efficient government.

Eighty-six percent of the revenues will remain under the direct control of the county and school board. That 86 percent of our taxes will continue to fund educating all the children of DeKalb County; it will pay for providing clean safe drinking water and sanitation for all the citizens of DeKalb; it will continue to fund the office of our chief executive and our board of commissioners; and it will provide premium trash and waste collection, fire safety, and a court system we can be proud of as citizens of DeKalb.

Regardless of who has authority, 100 percent of the tax revenues collected will benefit the shared fate of DeKalb residents.

When the city of Brookhaven is incorporated, we will continue to live in DeKalb County.

So I agree with Dr Schall that we cannot and should not divorce ourselves from the county, and that we should be measured by how the most capable in our community contribute to improve the common good of all DeKalb residents and visitors. Brookhaven incorporation will improve local government and further the common good.

I will vote YES for a city of Brookhaven on July 31.

Stan Segal

Eddie E. July 17, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Then walk elsewhere.
Eddie E. July 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
not much, Only Bell CA was the size of the Opposed City and spending like they had the population of the whole County. Sounds to me like the future if the incorporation should somehow, accidentally pass.
Jack of Kings July 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
"The Brookhaven rate supposes that the area becomes a city and its city council agrees to a city millage rate at the full cap of 3.35 mills. None of the area’s new cities has set a millage rate at its cap"-- Dunwoody Crier POINT TAKEN: Everyone presumes that the new City of Brookhaven MUST use the 3.35 millage rate--which is the highest rate possible without a referendum for voter approval to go higher. There is NO budget yet. And the other cities did not start out at their millage rate cap. This 3.35 millage rate to start is NOT set in stone by any means. But it has been repeated over and over by the opponents to the point that Dr. Goebbels would be proud. Repeating a lie does not make it true.
Jordan Fox July 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
This is actually a pretty good opinion piece by Stan. The City of Brookhaven is a great concept, but because of the way C4ND and Mike Jacobs have gone about trying to create a City of Brookhaven, those in the proposed city should vote no. It's too bad because if Jacobs and C4ND had gone about things differently, there wouldn't be nearly as many people against the proposed city as there are. If this fails it's on Jacobs and C4ND.
HDM July 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Translation: "Brookhaven is good but I got my feelings hurt so I'm going to cry about it at every opportunity even though I don't live in the city footprint". Thanks for having the wellbeing of actual Brookhaven residents in mind, neighbor.


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