Brookhaven Voters Approve Cityhood

Brookhaven will become DeKalb County's largest city.

(UPDATED: August 1, 4:32 am) Brookhaven voters approved cityhood on Tuesday by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent.

Final results from the DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Division were reported after 4:30 am Wednesday morning, after about 5,100 absentee ballots had to be entered by hand because they were damaged by a machine that opened the ballots.

Earlier Tuesday evening, BrookhavenYES was "cautiously optimistic" about the results of Tuesday's cityhood vote. The organization refused to claim victory in its quest for Brookhaven cityhood, waiting instead until all the votes had been counted.

"After the vote has been verified by the county, we'll catch our breath and get to work building a city," J. Max Davis, chairman of BrookhavenYES, told Patch earlier in the evening. "Even those who were opposed to cityhood are welcome to join us."

, comprising about , had the opportunity to decide the issue on Tuesday, July 31.

Brookhaven Cityhood Referendum

55% - Yes; 5,939
45% - No; 4,928

12 of 12 precincts reporting

don Gabacho August 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Of the tallies: "...only a Dekalb election offices knows that..."---not one of 60 Untrue, the DeKalb election office---including whoever assigned at the voting precincts "to post [incoming results] on the doors" ----the SOS of GA, and news media (including Patch) would know nothing---or should have known nothing--- other than what was being reported to them by whoever was contracted to program and tally the digitized---non-paper---ballots. Yet, Brookhaven Yes at the Hudson Grill (and Pub 71) early yesterday, when it was being reported by the local news that, "according to the SOS of GA," Brookhaven No was ahead (by 6%) on the incoming results, that "they [Brookhaven Yes] were "stating" that they "were not worried because they had their own numbers." From who, and to what ultimate purpose, did this second set of numbers then have had to come? Except from the programer/vote tallier contracted----somehow operating with the second set of numbers too?
cmrc August 01, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Welcome to Brookhaven. Some bruises are deeper than others, but they are just bruises, they will heal in time.
not one of 60 August 01, 2012 at 02:09 PM
It's over nothing to say! Adios! It is law that you are required to post the results on the door! sorry dude! Also - It is not that hard to total the 12 precincts - dG...sorry you think it is! In close races every canidate cnavasas all the polls to count the numbers! Bye bye patch!
HDM August 01, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Rob, specifically which things that Dunwoody did would advise we don't do?
HDM August 01, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Come together with your neighbors, Ms. Mesh.
don Gabacho August 01, 2012 at 02:26 PM
"I can't believe the majority of Brookhaven residents are idiots!" Neither do I. Certainly not "idiot" enough not to have noticed that there was nothing on the ballot, in case of a clean and uncontested Brookhaven Yes victory, to, in any way, shape or form, commission "J. Max Davis, chairman of BrookhavenYES" and that so-called "citizens committee" to in effect serve as an interim government "...after the vote has been verified by the county....and [they] get [back] to work building a city." Especially when in another thread, Dean if I recall correctly, in so many words, and as disingenuous as it is, warns Brookhaveners to now be wary of DeKalb county's police [seeking retaliation]. As if precedent to a next step by the self-commissioned so-called "citizens committee" as intermim government to what? Ask Chamblee's, Doraville's, the State Patrol, to intervene? Impose a perceptible police state in support of the self-commissioned? When having long---at best---tolerated the threats, thinly veiled as they've been, to those who have been opposing C4ND/BY by the zealously pro-BrookhavenYesser, "Dr. Joel/Joe?"
don Gabacho August 01, 2012 at 02:30 PM
"An opponent of the City was teariing down BrookhaveYES signs on Peachtree near the Brookhaven Christian Church polling station--they were put back up--he came back and tore them down again."---Phil Probably torn down from directly across the street at the firestation; and, put back up, off that property. It's happened before. "Funny thing was that a police officer saw him doing it. He was being talked to." Just as it has happened before, the police would have to be informed that it would not be a matter of continued campaigning on a voting day within 150 feet of the building the voting is taking place rather than the firestation being publicaly-owned government property. "Desperation knows no bounds." More like tyranny has no couth.
don Gabacho August 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
"It's over nothing to [you?] say! Adios! It is law that you are required to post the results on the door!" ---not one in one No one is saying it isn't. The poll-watcher, who has no access to the computers, can post only what the programer/vote tallier relaying the information tells the poll-watcher to "post on the door." Similarly, as then relayed to, DeKalb central, the SOS of GA, the media, including Patch, and any BYessers boozing at the Hudson Grill also. The question stands: Why then the two sets of numbers reported and even claimed by the BYessers early yesterday at the Hudson Grill? BTW, I note you haven't yet left to plague Italia.
don Gabacho August 01, 2012 at 03:38 PM
"So is that the start of our coming together as a community...come on, you can do better than that." Who in the world is Max Davis and the so-called "citizens committee" to invite anyone to join them in anything? Where on any ballot did you see Max Davis and the so-called "citizen committee" be commissioned or not to, in effect, serve as an interim government? Are you insisting others must believe that it was not deliberate for the proposal of a lawyer and congressman, Jacobs, the (supposedly) subsequent legislators and Governor signing on to impose the referendum, to not include just who and what could serve during any interim? To, instead and in effect, impose this so-called committee as the new government also? From the beginning? That that must be the basis for any "community"?
not one of 60 August 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Cciao Ciao Ciao, Zitto! dG: you don't know where or what I have been doing!
"E Pluribus Unum" August 01, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Scott, what's this about "pissing and moaning?" Why have you concluded I have not accepted the outcome or will not be supportive of the new city? I have. I will participate and be involved as a good citizen. I do want our new city to get off the ground and be successful, AND I believe OUR future will be one of excuses as to why it will cost more to run our city. This is an and /both life. If you're asking me to roll over and just go along with the crowd, not challenge and expect the future elected officials to now deliver on their promises.... hell no. Not going to do that. And guess what? Having citizens who are going to hold elected officials accountable by creating healthy tension, is an aspect of "coming together." Damn, "coming together" doesn't mean we quit thinking. Get real.
HDM August 01, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Good! Fight to make Brookhaven the best it possibly can be!
HDM August 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
don Garoucho I didn't suggest anything of the sort from DeKalb's finest, heck most of them will be working for Brookhaven soon.
Scott Phillips August 01, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Get real? You wrote of now being the time for excuses, bait and switch and using fear to rally support.... Call it P&M, whining, crying like a baby or whatever you like. No city or business works well with nothing but "yes men" but what you were doing earlier was whining about it. Given the election results, I am glad you are onboard for your community but I called it like you wrote it.
don Gabacho August 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM
"They are posted on every precinct door, 12 precincts not that tough to figure out. its the law! & provides for accountability!" ---not one of one Utter nonsense. "As the totals are tallied at each precinct,..." From the printouts of the computers resident at each precinct (but already programed elsewhere) and then (and if) physically compiled by the resident manager for posting on the door, the resident manager, having no access to the actual tallies being compiled within each resident computer (again as programed elsewhere) can not confirm the validity of the computer even registering the votes cast to whom or what intended. The manager can't even use the total number of votes tallied by each computer with the total number of hand-written receipts from the persons getting their single-use access to vote----given not all voters are necessarily casting a vote on every contest on the precinct's ballot. In fact, the manager resident can not confirm that each and every computer within the manager's precinct are (or will even stay) programed identically.
Jules August 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Get out your checkbooks, everyone. Your cost of living is about to skyrocket.
HDM August 01, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I don't see how it could, with the property tax cap in place. Poor schmucks left in unincorporated DeKalb though, they will get pummelled by the DeKalb Democrat bureacracy.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 02, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Scott, you must want to be the newly created Brookhaven Communication Director. You show a lot of potential. You'll convince folks standing three feet in manure the smell hitting their noses is no big deal and stop whining. Yeah, you have a bright future in our soon to be city government.
Scott Phillips August 02, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Good Morning EPU, It is obvious that you do not understand there is a difference between healthy debate due to a difference of opinion and crying because you didn't get what you want. Anyone reading the Patch comments over the last few weeks/months has seen that you conduct yourself with little class and respect for others ideas. I would enjoy a healthy back and forth on these forums but don't feel your keyboard commando tactics allow for that. If you could refrain from the overtly sarcastic and colorful analogies and actually make a point on a topic of concern that would give us something to discuss and debate.
Jack of Kings August 02, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I really believe there will be some here that almost...almost...hope that Brookhaven will have more problems setting up just so they can say "I told you so." The amusing thing is that some are almost making it sound that working with Dekalb County was effortless-and anything less than their mistaken memory of "effortless" will be a disappointment. We will have more input into everything than we have ever had. And more transparency than we could have ever thought possible with Dekalb. And we may find that as the economy improves or, at least, the new Brookhaven sees more completed developments, we may find that the often cited $25 Million assumption for revenues was too low by $2 Million.
HamBurger August 02, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Annette? My humble apologies, I thought that was a man! As punishment, no special hamburger for me for lunch today!
HamBurger August 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Ms. Michelle, unfortunately, yes we do. I hope our pre-determined leaders understand the difference between a HOA and a city. Special hamburger?
"E Pluribus Unum" August 02, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Scott, if you are going to play the role of judging opinions based on your narrow comfort zone, be fair and call people out on both sides of the issue. P&M, issueless debates, and name calling cut both ways my friend. If you want to play umpire, be objective. If not, diguise your hyprocacy.....you don't wear it well.
Scott Phillips August 03, 2012 at 12:21 AM
EPU, Can you ever post a comment that doesn't insult or attempt to belittle someone? You should try it, you might like it. One thing we do agree on is that many on both sides have been overzealous in their posts. That seems to be status quo for web postings these days so I think I will take my leave before I am drug too far down into the muck. Cheers
"E Pluribus Unum" August 03, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Scott, allow us this opportunity to agree both sides have been overzealous. I also believe good points have been made by both sides. So with the city hood vote final, it is time to move forward. The biggest hill to climb for the future elected officials is one of rebuilding trust. The process in which many of us have viewed how city hood came into being and justified, did not help the trust and transparency quotient. So now, if we are going to try and come together as a city, the promised benefits need to happen and elected officials must build trust through transparent leadership. It's normal and expected that many of us are starting down this road highly suspicious. Pull us in through behavior and not words. Hold leaders accountable to the same standards they were holding DeKalb County government. Finally, as far as allegations that No's want our new city to fail, doesn't make sense. I believe there are more reasonable people among us than not. I also believe we are better than the extreme partisan politics on display in Congress. Just imagine....congressional leaders abdicating leadership and legislative obligations only to bring down the President. And they publicly admit that was and is their legislative strategy. I know Brookhaven is better than that. Agree?
Scott Phillips August 03, 2012 at 03:24 AM
EPU, I agree that the whole process was tough to swallow no matter which side you found yourself on. While it certainly had its flaws, I believe the result will be a great city. I am sure there will be plenty of headaches along the way but, like you, I believe we have a great community willing to do what it takes. As far as Washington goes, I am disappointed that the pursuit of politics has destroyed leadership. Sad when decisions are made by how bad it will hurt the other party and not how much it will help the country. Well, I plan on staying involved so if we happen to meet at any community/city meetings, feel free to say hello. Of course your secret will be safe with me if you happen reveal your identity. See ya around the “city”
not one of 60 August 03, 2012 at 11:05 AM
dG "utter nonsense" whatever loser x 18 million. Conspiracy theories, corrupt Dekalb runs the whole show. Go move to 10000 feet below sea level. Bye.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 03, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Scott, good deal. I do want the new city to be successful. My goodness, why wouldn't I want to benefit from a more vibrant, safe, and inclusive community. Once we do meet at upcoming meetings, we can exchange perspectives on what a successful outcome for our city will be 5 years down the road and beyond. I'll spring for the first refreshment of choice. I do hope our elected officals learn from any mistakes of other start up cities. My frustrations with the run up to July 31 has been this. First, the vilification (racial and ethnic) of governmental and elected officals, and other county residents as important (not total) justifications for city hood. The undertone was African Americans aren't capable of running successful operations and an entire community is on the take at the expense of North Atlanta. The demographics of our world has flipped. I believe we need to figure out how to confront difficult community issues without tearing down the "other" group...especially true for immigration reform. The second was the unwillingness to update the CVI study. I felt this was reasonable. Even if it meant slowing down ratification, doing so would have gone a long way to build trust and get more folks on board. Since it wasn't done, I was on high alert up that something else was up. The Yes organizers didn't get my benefit of the doubt because unfortunately it seems to be an accepted political tactic to say anything to get elected and do something else once in office.We'll see.
Brian August 17, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Why are unincorporated areas jumping to cityhood when there is a GA Township Act. Township seems like the logical first step. I hope for the best of Brookhaven, however if I were a citizen there, I'd be very worried about insolvency or other problems.
Truthfully August 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM
You should not be worried about anything. Brookhaven will be solvent. And it will control its budget. If I were you I'd worry about where you live remaining solvent. And townships are not a reality and make very little sense when you can have a whole properly functioning city. Look at all the other cities recently formed plus about 500 already in Georgia. They work. So your concerns about solvency are ill founded.


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