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Top Ten Reasons to Vote Yes for Brookhaven

J. Max Davis, chairman of BrookhavenYES, enters into The Forum.


1. Solid finances. We have more commercial area than unincorporated Dekalb county which is 21% commercial. 28% of Brookhaven's city footprint is commercial ranging from Perimeter summit in the north to the Buford Highway/ I-85 corridor in the south.

2. Two words - Local Control. From zoning decisions to resource allocation, all decisions that most impact you and your pocketbook will be made by people in your community. They will be accountable to you at the ballot box in a city of 49,000 people. A vast improvement over a distant government in a county of over 700,000.

3. Two more words - Millage Cap. Despite what you may have heard your taxes are not going to be going up if you vote to incoporate Brookhaven. Even with Dekalb Government's last minute shell game with regard to the HOST credit, Brookhaven will start with a small property tax cut required by the law set down in the city charter. This cap on taxes limits the size and scope of city government in the future and puts the power to increase taxes firmly in the hands of you, the Brookhaven voter.

4. Cityhood doubles your homestead exemption. The city charter doubles your current county homestead exemption from $10,000 to $20,000. Your current senior citizen homestead exemptions and tax breaks automatically transfer to the new city.

5. More police patrols. Regardless of what you may have heard, the city will be able to provide more and better police protection. The number of officers the city will hire will be determined by the city council you elect. We pay far more for police in Dekalb than we receive back in actual police coverage. Keeping our tax dollars local will free up our new city police department to dedicate the resources neccessary to prevent crime and more quickly respond to crime in progress.

6. Better parks. Again, by keeping more of the tax dollars we already pay to Dekalb county here in Brookhaven, we will able to reverse the chronic neglect of our parks and their maintenance. Our city parks can be the envy of the metro area.

7. Better roads. For non-police services the city charter is set up to provide city services through the competitive bidding process. Contactors hired to pave and maintain our roads and sidewalks will have an incentive to be prompt and to provide a quality product for Brookhaven citizens. The city will not be burdened with entrenched pensioned employees.

8. Buford Highway renewal. Brookhaven residents and businesses in and around this area deserve fair and consistent code enforcement and policing. City efforts in these areas will encourage healthy business and residential development in the Brookhaven section of Buford Highway. This fresh attention will ripple and benefit everyone in our community and Dekalb county as well.

9. A stronger voice for our schools. Our neighboring cities in Dunwoody and Chamblee have just begun discovering that they have a stronger voice with Dekalb schools. Our collective city voice can be used to have greater influence over the direction and policy of the county scools within the city footprint.

10. A new bright spot. Brookhaven will be your city within Dekalb. With our sizeable amount of park acreage, healthy blend of bucolic neighborhoods and business, large and small, Brookhaven will be Dekalb's new bright spot.

J. Max Davis

John Q Public July 31, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Yes. He stole my lawn mower many years ago.
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Gespatcho... Sit on yours...
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Hamburgular's crazed attempt at interpreting the truth... Yet his dyslexia always gets the best of him!
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Just make sure you wear your Depends Hamburgular... You'll certainly need them.
Joe July 31, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Davis forgot number 11. So he can get a job, have some "power". He can't make it in the big pond, so, he needs to find a little pod where he has a shot at greatness.
Eric H July 31, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Good, fair and accurate Top 10. The Carl Vinson Institute numbers are conservative, just as they have been for all of the other comparable cities. We know that based on the net of the decline the property tax digest and the greater increase in the HOST revenues that we will have a large surplus while also increasing spending on Parks, Roads and Drainage, and Sidewalks. http://brookhaven.patch.com/articles/brookhavenno-chambleeyes This thread shows many in the opposition agree that local control is better for these services. We will still be apart of DeKalb and services like Sanitation and Fire will come from them. Brookhavenyes.org has links to the Carl Vinson institute. I would also suggest visiting http://www.thecrier.net/news/collection_667ef65c-b002-11e1-8c23-0019bb2963f4.html to get a good analysis of many issues surrounding the city and its finances and services.
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 03:58 AM
The only thing "fractured" Hambugular is your intractable mind... Let's hope the city of Brookhaven has a special padded room for him with cold storage for his pink slime.
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Hambugular your weak attempt at developing a robo call script is not gaining traction... Get some rest... You'll need it tomorrow to cry your tears of NO CITY's defeat.
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Yo Q creep... You're a pathetic excuse for needing air to breath!
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Are they dating?! Shall we plan their nuptials? Or perhaps a funeral for their lost, unhinged visions of grandeur?
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 04:16 AM
My gosh... The Q'it can rhyme!
Dr. Jeff July 31, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Well that's great news... Stay there!
Jordan Fox July 31, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Dean the king of criticizing people for personal attacks is at it again. According to him everyone against the City of Brookhaven is a Democrat and/or aligned with DeKalb. NOT TRUE!!
Brookhaven Runner Girl July 31, 2012 at 01:51 PM
YES to bikes lanes! And better parks...more pedestrian friendly roads. Ask me about how Dekalb County spilled hydraulic fluid that coated our entire street and then refused to clean it up until the EPA threatened them with fines for the fluid running into a creek. We had to walk through it and breathe it for weeks making over 25 calls to get some action (and finally to the EPA). AND when it took over 60 break-ins in our small area in two months and numerous calls to the North Precint and finally to the Dekalb CEO's office before they finally sent out some police that quickly caught the perpetrator and put an end to the crime. Why should we have to harrass the county to get any protection? And don't get me started on how recently when my purse was stolen and there was video of the people using my credit cards on Ralph D. Abernathy that I had to make 4 calls to the investigator that never called me like he was supposed to and finally when I got through to him he acted annoyed that I would want him to investigate this issue and told me Dekalb doesn't have the resouces to investigate this kind of crime. One month later a girl was threatened at gunpoint at the same park at the same time of night. That's why you investigate things before they escalate to that level. I don't blame the investigator...I blame Dekalb County.
Joe July 31, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I'll say this about your post - A local Police force focused on a city of 12 square miles will never prevent such crimes, nor will it EVER act annoyed and claim lack of resources as an excuse to make YOU a statistic. If you are about to vote and are unsure of how Brookhaven would do with its' own Police force, look at ALL of the other new cities - You won't find any, serious issues with how residents feel about their Police force. Vote YES to more focused Policing, VOTE YES Brookhaven.
Joe July 31, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Ha ha ha! While the lawnmower story is old, the fact that a citizen cannot depend on a Police investigation for more serious crimes is unacceptable. City Police will actually take fingerprints if your home is broken into, what a novel concept, perhaps a clue to find the perpetrator was left. VOTE YES on Cityhood TODAY! Eddie, HamBurglar, Enuff, are all voting NO tomorrow.
John Yes Public July 31, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Just voted Y-E-S !!!
Jack of Kings July 31, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I voted for local control and accountability. Voted for better parks. Voted for cost efficient outsourcing of some services. Voted for more police presence. Voted for local local zoning respresentation. I voted YES for a City of Brookhaven
Eric H July 31, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Brookhaven Runner Girl, yes on the more pedestrian and bike friendly roads. That's one of the factors that has impressed me about Dunwoody, often Republicans get pegged as non-multimodal. Though Dunwoody has proven that at least at the local level Republicans and Democrats recognize the health benefits, the community building benefits and yes the congestion benefits of providing people with options in how they move about in their daily lives. You would think a Democratic DeKalb would embrace the complete streets program like Dunwoody has, and in principle they do. Unfortunately due to the large size of the county physically and bureaucratically, they've never had the ability to pursue those goals. I will be looking to a City of Brookhaven to finally be able to pursue such things as a Complete Streets Program or Parking Lot and drainage design standards that use bio swales and strips instead of curbing and cement detention facilities. While I was aghast at the way DeKalb ignored their tree ordinance and flood plain rules for the Marist parking lots, I must say I'm impressed with the construction of the Marist Parking Lots, When you look at it, its all so simple, but basically they don't have curbing and they have pervious asphalt. All of which is designed to direct stormwater to the landscaped medians or strips that can then filter the water. And with the droughts we have, why it makes sense to direct water to the medians.
Bill Lowe July 31, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The lawnmower is one story. Apparently there was also a house fire that required him to go to Decatur to argue about setbacks and building permits. Car break ins also happen around the Davis house. Sounds like a bad piece of property or just bad luck. You know it follows some people around like hungry blood sucking mosquitoes. I am really surprised J Max didn't demand a fire department for the new city as well especially since he was not happy with the service he received while his house was burning down, burning down. I don't know the whole story, only what he told at a public meeting. Dunwoody was so close you could taste it. Now it is so yesterday. Brookhaven is second best. But the real deal is this: Think Chamblee, Be Chamblee. Chamblee. heh.
HDM July 31, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Sure, there are some Brookhaven citzens who have been misguided by the FearUncertaintyDoubt and personal attacks NOCity has spread, they may not realize that the NOCity leadership is really a group of people politically connected to the DeKalb County Democrat governent. This group has a vested interest in the Brookhaven vote failing. The folks who are just afraid of the unknown that comes with this new city will shortly praise it after all of the advantages come to pass. Your DECA neighborhood will have your chance to escape unincorporated DeKalb later, best wishes to you at that time.
HDM July 31, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Bill Lowe doesn't know the whole story but likes to spread rumors anyway. You aren't being a good neighbor to your Brookhaven brethren, regardless of your jilted feelings about how the movement started.
IWillBrookNoBrookhaven July 31, 2012 at 05:13 PM
John and Phil, That works out perfectly! I just negated your votes because I voted NO twice. Don't even bother asking how I managed it or how much I paid to be able to pull it off. Just know that having money really does make for a better life with more privilege.
Bill Lowe July 31, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Sorry, unless J Max has a memory problem, which would not surprise me if he did, I heard it directly from a horses mouth. I and along with 200 other people heard the J Max sob story about how disgruntled he was with DeKalb County after his fire, and rebuilding/permit troubles with the county. He also threw in the wife's car break ins and stumbling into a possible car break in person in the early morning. You know, when you leave valuables in plain sight in a car. The theives will often come back looking for your new replacements left in the same place. In those cases, no one to blame except for the careless owner. Insurance rules should clearly state: Personal belongings left within the passenger compartment are no longer covered by theft. Only items stolen by forced entry into the trunk will be covered by your insurance. Truly amazing that people believe that any police department can put an end to these types of crimes. The only way those crimes will end will be when people stop being so careless and wake up to the fact that this is the world that you live in, and no where is immune to that. I might be welcoming lots of new people into Chamblee in the near future....If I am lucky enough to be a part of it myself that is. Ha. I doubt I will, but this sort of entertainment is free and will be offered again.
Bill Lowe July 31, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Sorry, unless J Max has a memory problem, which would not surprise me if he did, I heard it directly from a horses mouth. I and along with 200 other people heard the J Max sob story about how disgruntled he was with DeKalb County after his fire, and rebuilding/permit troubles with the county. He also threw in the wife's car break ins and stumbling into a possible car break in person in the early morning. You know, when you leave valuables in plain sight in a car. The theives will often come back looking for your new replacements left in the same place. In those cases, no one to blame except for the careless owner. Insurance rules should clearly state: Personal belongings left within the passenger compartment are no longer covered by theft. Only items stolen by forced entry into the trunk will be covered by your insurance. Truly amazing that people believe that any police department can put an end to these types of crimes. The only way those crimes will end will be when people stop being so careless and wake up to the fact that this is the world that you live in, and no where is immune to that. I might be welcoming lots of new people into Chamblee in the near future....If I am lucky enough to be a part of it myself that is. Ha. I doubt I will, but this sort of entertainment is free and will be offered again.
Sparrow Cutlet July 31, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Golly Ms. Molly, That person I met the other day was right about who Hamburger is. Napoleon clearly felt, like the Jacobins, that an energetic centralized state was essential to consolidate the advances achieved by the Revolution complex much?
Red Crosse July 31, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Ah, Truth returns after a bitter battle fought.
HamBurger July 31, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Mr. Red, there you go again . . . Tossing around the “T” word . . . Cheerwine and a special hamburger?
Red Crosse July 31, 2012 at 08:22 PM
We'll know soon enough if you are bloody rare, but won and done, or just bloody done.
Sparrow Cutlet July 31, 2012 at 09:23 PM
A crush? An unhealthy fixation? Similar? You tell me. HamBurger What was your take-a-way from that two minute J. Max ... July 31: My Last Chance For... -by HamBurger HamBurger What was your take-a-way from that two minute J. Max ... Never Mind The Facts -by HamBurger HamBurger What was your take-a-way from that two minute J. Max ... How Does 'Brookhaven ... -by HamBurger HamBurger What was your take-a-way from that two minute J. Max ... BrookhavenNO, ChambleeYES -by HamBurger HamBurger What was your take-a-way from that two minute J. Max ... Gannon Responds To ... -by HamBurger HamBurger What was your take-a-way from that two minute J. Max ... Parent Voting 'No' On ... -by HamBurger

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