Brookhaven May Foot $30,000 Bill for Run-offs

However, that's just a cost estimate based on how much it cost Dunwoody after it incorporated four years ago.

With 24 candidates running for the mayoral and four city council seats, Brookhaven is almost guaranteed to have a run-off election on Dec. 4 because in order to win any election in Georgia, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast.

And when Brookhaven has its run-off, it will have to foot the estimated $30,000 bill.

DeKalb County is paying the costs for the Georgia General Election on Nov. 6, which includes Brookhaven's special election for mayoral and city council candidates.

"They're getting sort of a free ride," DeKalb County Board of Elections Director Maxine Daniels told Brookhaven Patch Wednesday, since the Brookhaven election is being held in conjunction with the general election. However, Brookhaven will have to pay the cost of mailing new voter cards to residents to alert them of new precinct changes.

Those cards are being mailed out today, she said.

However, because most candidates in the county are running unopposed or against only one challenger, there is a slim chance of there being any other run-off elections in DeKalb County.

This means that Brookhaven would have to pay for its own election, explained Daniels.

What do you think about Brookhaven having to foot the bil for its run-off elections in December? Weigh in below in the comments.

Daniels said she estimates the cost for Brookhaven's run-off to be $30,000 because that's how much it cost Dunwoody, which has about the same number of precincts as Brookhaven, after it incorporated in December 2008.

Brookhaven would have two years to pay back the $30,000, according to state incorporation statutes, but the county bills the city immediately. Dunwoody paid its balance off in about six months.

HamBurger September 21, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Mr. AO, did you learn this at the Governor’s Committee meeting this evening? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Brookhaven Maven September 23, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Those voter cards they are mailing out and that Maxine says Brookhaven will have to pay for are starting to hit mailboxes. Mine and my neighbor's had $0.32 postage on them. With 23,956 registered voters on their mailing list, that means we are going to get a hit for $7,666 --- and we're not even in business yet! How much in the hole will we be on December 17th?
Grieg Ericsson September 23, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Plus the printing Ben.
HamBurger September 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Mr. BM, please, tell me when you wean the child. Did Brookhaven Yes forecast transition cost projections? Are these costs included in the Vinson study? Should we be surprised by these costs? Brookhaven Yes complains about how bad DeKalb is and just how long do they expect them to carry Brookhaven? What is smarter: Organizing to make changes to the government you have or forming C$ND and Brookhaven Yes for the purpose of creating another layer of government in the form of a new city? Well, we have our new city. Folks got what they wanted. STFU and deal with it. So, at what point to you remove the rebellious independence seeking child from the teat? Or, how long will you continue to whine? Please pass the yellow mustard!
"E Pluribus Unum" September 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
HamBurger, Time magazine recently had a cover photo of a mother breast feeding her 3 year old son. There are now cases of mothers breast feeding children until 6 and 7 years of age. So....the sucking and pooping is only beginning. It might be more interesting for folks to describe the personality of the new city baby still at the teat of DC than its tag line.


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