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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.

Bill Lowe September 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
The city should be able to pay for this in one night after the police force is created and put out on the street. The DUI's from Pub71 should cover it within the first day of operation. Bail money is instant gratification. As long as they are legitimate cases and handled correctly, if not, then they can be interest free loans to the city to float some costs for a few years. Code enforcement will take a little longer to recover the funds, but can be done with strict enforcement and targeted offenders.
Ben Podgor September 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Bill Lowe: If the transfer of power is done correctly, the new budget should leave the city with a 6 million surplus. So let us not be concerned with small initial costs. Ben Podgor
Richard G Rhodes September 19, 2012 at 07:47 PM
A small price for having our own city.
Grieg Ericsson September 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
You are absolutely incorrect. PS, hush.
Grieg Ericsson September 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Tell that to the people south of Windsor Parkway genius.
AshfordObserver September 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Peanuts.
HamBurger September 20, 2012 at 02:34 AM
AO, and, the beginning of more “peanuts”. Please pass the yellow mustard!
"E Pluribus Unum" September 20, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I believe I am correct in saying this, but no one mentioned before the July 31st vote that a bill would be due to the new city if passed. So we now have a $30k "surprise" that is being blown off as no big deal, peanuts, small potatoes, and chicken scratch. So, how many more surprises are in store for us? Surprises add up at $ 30k per clip.
HamBurger September 20, 2012 at 03:02 AM
EPU, really! How can you sell a new city if you let all of those folks not paying attention the details of a responsible new city! Maybe why C$ND (and their many board members) never responded to a letter from DeKalb County? http://tinyurl.com/9z2d95y Maybe one reason why the Vinson study was never revised? No worries, they got their new city . . . And your money! Now, STFU, be happy with their new city, and pay your share! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Brokenhaven September 20, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Wow! Never saw this coming.
Eric H September 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Lets have the Governors commission pick the top 2 candidates for each position and get the others to drop out. One way to do that would be through an American Idol type of thing and allow people to text in their votes that the Commission will take into account. And actually a talent segment for each candidate could be done at an area auditorium where we can sell tickets to raise funds for the new city. If people are concerned about the objectivity of the Commission we could do something like the The Voice where the Commission members sit with their back to the Candidates and make their decision before seeing who they are! Alternatively we could ask the Patch and other local papers to pitch in a significant portion of the $30,000 since the additional traffic and advertising revenues generated by an additional 2 weeks or so of campaigning will generate far more than $30,000. Or how about a contest where we make local school children create not just logos but art work and crafts that can be sold online or through donated temporary space at Town Sembler? They can also sell wrapping paper and cookie dough at this store. Or for Halloween, instead of unicef boxes give the trick or treaters brookhaven boxes and teach the kids to say "trick or treat for runoffs"* Come on folks lets put on our thinking caps here. * (btw anyone know why they don't do trick or treat for unicef anymore?)
City? AreYouNuts? September 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
We're getting to the point where the taxes go up. Maybe we can follow through on the idea that the people who pushed the city idea hardest can pay these insignificant little bills out of their own pockets. Doing this means they can keep their collective words that taxes will go down.
Eddie E. September 20, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Eric, You haven't lost the fun of snark. But I'm sure many in the BHYes group would think your suggestions are a fair representation, otherwise, their handpicked candidates might actually lose.
patrick September 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
If voters are smart,then J max Davis will win in a walk, and Mr .Mi. will also win in a walk
Chris Kehl September 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Winner of the most ironic comment of the day is awarded to Maxine Daniels. "They're getting sort of a free ride," DeKalb County Board of Elections Director Maxine Daniels
AshfordObserver September 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
$30K is peanuts. Dekalb BOE is paying $350K to send teachers to get advanced degrees. They spend more than that for magazine subscriptions in the GA Assembly each year. $30K. never mind that the GA commissioners appointed by Deal are doing the work of real, live educated folks for free- say about $40K's worth of volunteer time- but hey, we won't count that time. Or that 58 people volunteered for the Park Task Force and will give about 400 hours - for free - to work on that committee- at even $30 an hour that's $12K of free work. Or that there are 6 people who have been working on items for the police force to be, another 100 of so hours - all for free. Let's take an educated guess- 1000 hours of free time devoted to this City effort- at even $5 an hour, Spamburger you can add, right? That's $50K of free time.
"E Pluribus Unum" September 21, 2012 at 03:00 AM
AO....you're guilty of mental masterbation and intellectual dishonesty.
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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