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Brookhaven Commission Holds Final Meeting Sunday Night

One more meeting will be held before the commission formally turns over its responsibilities to the new mayor, city council.


The Brookhaven Commission will hold its final meeting Sunday night before handing over the new city's management to the new mayor and city council.

The meeting will be held at 6 pm in Gable Hall at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

The commission held a special called meeting on Friday night, but decided one more meeting was necessary before Mayor-elect J. Max Davis and the city council take over.

Davis and the city council will be sworn in on Monday night, and will hold its their first meeting afterward. The meeting will be held in Lupton Hall at Oglethorpe University.

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"E Pluribus Unum" December 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Did anyone else find it ironic that the cover story for the AJC today (a special investigation on the property tax meltdown) ran on the same day as the article on Brookhaven and recommendations on budget will be given today (page B-7). The article states "Most critical to all operations will be the budget. The Carl Vinson Institute estimated the city will have $25.2 million in income but $25.1 million in expenditures, leaving very little room for overages." The article continues with the usual time-lag between when Brookhaven will take on most services from DeKalb County. Finally, Ben Vinson was quoted "What's going to happen next plays into he final decisions the elected officials make on contracts." So now comes "rubber meets the road" time. The spinning parts of CVI estimates, city revenues at a time of property tax stress, the choice of city contractors, transitioning (or not) responsibilities from DeKalb County, and delivering on promises of lower taxes, pristine parks, better sidewalks, police protection, city service, responsiveness, and more transparent and ethical governance leadership, becomes real. Exciting times ahead. I do hope proponents of the new city do not make lame excuses and try to back off campaign promises that many of us thought were not realistic to begin with. I also hope those of us who were against the city don't only become frustrated by-standers. IMHO, we are in a mess. How do we make the best of an untenable goat rodeo...together?
John Q Public December 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
We make signs and gang out on Breton Ct and Granger Dr that say liar.
Chris December 09, 2012 at 07:47 PM
EPU, to answer you question, "You don't." All the negative people that you put yourself in the same box with would be best served by shutting up and staying out of the way of those interested in making the best of this opportunity. The city will succeed by the sweat of those who refuse to fail rather than griping about everything. By the way, the CVI estimate wasn't for year one. Some revenues won't come until later down the road in subsequent years.
Brookhaven4u December 09, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Chris, there is no doubt that lower taxes were promised by B’Yes, which some of our elected officials have come from. With the host credit and additional franchise fees, people in Brookhaven will be paying more in taxes under the Brookhaven city model verse the County (This is true even with the millage rate of 6.39 pre 2012 let alone the 3.41 for 2012). The CVI used an artificial low number of 53 officers for our police force. For an adequate police force, this would dictate we will face higher cost than what was budgeted. This would make an educated person concerned with the accuracy of all the other budgeted expenses in the CVI study. A big sales point for many in the community is better parks. What happens if in reality that some of the Revenue projections and/or CVI budgeted expenses turn out to be as flawed as the lower tax promise? Are you willing to underfund road & paving for better parks? Would you or any of the Hardened B’Yesers willing to settle for a police force of 53 in order to have better parks? I mean if the police force stays at 53, the effect of this will not be felt in district 1.
HamBurger December 10, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Mr. Chris, what if the folks you refer to as: “All the negative people that you put yourself in the same box with would be best served by shutting up and staying out of the way of those interested in making the best of this opportunity.” Were misguided and led astray by C$ND, Brookhaven Yes, Rep. Mike Jacobs, Rep. Tom Taylor, and Sen. Fran Millar? If our assessment of the flawed Vinson study comes to pass, will you admit it? Will you acknowledge that the city you were sold by these folks is not the city that can be supported by the Vinson study? Please pass the yellow mustard!
John Q Public December 10, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Ok. Now I'm changing my to say "Lower Taxes. Not!". Remember this. City = Higher Taxes. Less Police. Kiss my grits.
"E Pluribus Unum" December 10, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Chris, so are you saying that just because I doubt the promises made by proponents of Yes are realistic, that I am negative and I should "shut up and stay out of the way?" Chris, listen to what you are saying. Do you think I wrote the article today in the AJC? Do you think I influenced the economy in order to create a "property tax meltdown" as headlined in the AJC also? BTW, you said earlier that proponents of Yes never said taxes would decrease. Chris, again, listen to what you are saying. That was promised. Again, and again, and again. Why are you being so defensive? Are you in denial?

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