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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

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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