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Boyer: Budget Doesn't Consider Brookhaven Cityhood

DeKalb Commissioner says budget may be too generous.

Although DeKalb County Commissioners passed the 2012 budget without a tax increase or any cut in major services, the proposed incorporation of Brookhaven and the potential loss of revenue from property taxes could cost DeKalb County taxpayers more money by June, said District 1 County Commissioner Elaine Boyer.

The $559 million budget adopted on a vote of 4-3 Tuesday includes increases in several county departments including line items for the CEO's office, human resources and the merit system, buidings and maintenance and economic developmen.

In a prepared statement, Boyer cautioned the 7.2 percent increase in the budget by pointing to the CEO's miscalculation from last year. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Ellis projected a 4 percent drop in property assessments when values plunged 12 percent. The $36 million hole in the budget was plugged by a 26 percent tax hike in which North DeKalb residents were among the hardest hit.

Boyer said that when revenue projections arrive from the tax assessor this spring, the county may find this budget is too generous. The Commission usually sets the millage rate in June to fund the budget plan. Tax bills go out in the fall.

“The CEO has a poor track record of projecting revenue, and it always winds up on the backs of DeKalb taxpayers,” Boyer said in a press release. “We should have held the line on spending over 2011, particularly since property tax revenue may decline again this year.”

Ellis' chief of staff Jibari Simama told the AJC in a preppared statement that, “We’re happy to come to the conclusion of a very difficult process that resulted in the majority of the CEO’s recommended budget being adopted."

Steve Walker February 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The CEO has a poor track record of projecting revenue, and it always winds up on the backs of DeKalb taxpayers,” Boyer said in a press release. "The $36 million hole in the budget was plugged by a 26 percent tax hike in which North DeKalb residents were among the hardest hit." How do you spell BROOKHAVEN YES
HDM February 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM
And people wonder why North DeKalb wants to incorporate....
cmrc February 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Dear Mrs. Boyer and the rest of DeKalb government - if Brookhaven incorporates and you 'loose' tax revenue, you also 'loose' the obligation to provide the services those revenues pay for. Brookhaven is not leaving DeKalb County, we'll still be here paying taxes. But we will be making more of the decisions. Thank you.
Steve Walker February 29, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The only way I see that the County would lose revenue would be if the services they are no longer going to provide Brookhaven actually cost less than they say they do and some of the monies from those services is diverted elsewhere. Then there might be a loss, otherwise it is a wash. True revenue loss woulld mean we are being overcharged for those services.
Steve Walker February 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Ms Boyer has been District one Commissioner for so long because her District RE-ELECTS her. Why because she does a good job. She is the only Republican on the commission and if it weren't for some of her views the Democrats would completely run away with the County. She is the only one that seems to hold them at bay and keep them accountable. Ellis talked the talk as a Commissioner but he sure hasn't practiced any of what he preached since becoming the CEO.
Steve Walker February 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
It may be in a sense the same thing, but wouldn't the City sell bonds to raise money? I thought that I read somewhere that all the new cities have sold bonds and gone into debt the first year during start-up and then paid back the bonds over the next few years to get back in to the black...
Steve Walker February 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Mike, Thanks for he clarification...
HDM February 29, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Chip, I think we can look at Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, John's Creek and the other newly formed northside cities as examples of how Brookhaven/Ashford will operate...and all are successful. Local governing works, Dekalb County style of governing on the other hand...
Enuff Govt Already February 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM
The model city to the north released a 5 year financial forecast. The forecast shows expenditures outpacing revenue by $1,688,589. Successful for how long?
HamBurger March 02, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Mr. Jacobs, the DCSS takes a large portion of our property taxes. What are you and the other DeKalb County Reps. doing to clean up this school system that refuses to be cleaned up?

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