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.