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Davis Proposes $15.7 Million Budget for Brookhaven

The mayor has released his proposed budget to the Brookhaven City Council.


Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis is proposing a $15.7 million budget for the new city's fiscal year of 2013.

In a memorandum sent to the city council on Friday, Jan. 25, Davis saidthe budget will present challenges.

"Our first year budget revenues are significantly less than they will be in our first full year of operations and revenue projected for 2014," he said. "However, our FY 2013 Budget anticipates enough revenue to support a responsive and transparent city while remaining within the millage rate cap outlined in the charter.

"For our first year, I recommend we adopt the 3.35 mill maximum outlined in the charter. Though my preference is a lower millage rate, I do not feel that would be a responsible recommendation for our first year due to the high level of demands from years of neglect, the significant revenue sources not received until 2014, a troubled real estate market just starting to rebound, and the unknown expenses we may face during our first year."

Some notable items from Davis' proposed budget:

  • $2.25 million police budget
  • $1.7 million for public works
  • $3.9 million for finance and administration
  • $328,133 for parks and recreation
HamBurger January 29, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Mr. Chris, as noted above, folks paying attention to their city “get” the rollout of the new city and the related acceleration of costs as the new city progresses. Are you paying attention to city sources of income and its payback when you view the budget? Are all obligations named and listed for disbursement? My galssusses are steamed with kitchen heat and I may have misses a few bucks. Let me know if you see what I do not see . . . Are we paying our obligations? Or, has CP provided us with a very creative budget that is a sandbox mind field next to a cat colony? The contingency you speak of may not really exist. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Brookhaven Maven January 29, 2013 at 03:47 AM
This is laughable. $300K for 12 parks for a year?? That's about $30K per park -- barely enough to cut the grass. $2.2MM for police?? We will get what we pay for -- not much. $3.9MM for finance and admin?? This includes the high-priced spread for offices in beautiful downtown Dunwoody and also the overpriced interim city manager, I guess. What a deal. Anybody find it remarkable that the budget for police and public works combined is just $50K more than the finance and admin budget? Strange priorities, folks. -- The Maven
Mike January 29, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Instead of a Mayor, Police Chief, and "Finance and Administrators" why don't we just get a Sheriff? Right now it just seems like we have an expensive layer cake that doesn't even feed the new city's needs. We will barely be able to cut the grass let alone do "improvements"!
Enuff Govt Already January 29, 2013 at 08:42 PM
So I see on the news this afteroon that an incident shut down Cox Communications and the county police had the situation investigated and resolved by the end of the noon news. A major business is now back at work. I wonder just how long and drawn out this situation would be with a small partial service police department. How much money was saved by Cox because they are currently served by a full service department? And I counted more cops at that event than we were promised would be on patrol for all of B'haven by the yessers, hhmm.
Eddie E. January 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I guess it depends on how long it takes to get the telegraph wires stretched out.
Brookhaven4u January 30, 2013 at 09:49 AM
What were we promised: Pristine parks: 300K Well this is not going to happen anytime soon Better Police force: $2.25 Million? What happened to the CVI study? Lower Taxes--Well not in year 1. But we are to believe that we will get there. District 1 incorporated this city. City voted our mayor in. How could we have known that a politician would tells us what we wanted to hear irrelevant of the truth?
apollogeticus January 30, 2013 at 03:51 PM
"How could we have known that a politician would tells us what we wanted to hear irrelevant of the truth?" A little dramatic don't you think? Again, now for the facts- Even the Burger understands that this is not a full years budget but a startup budget. This is the reason for the start up budget number on police, parks etc. The Mayor said at the town hall that parks would be purchased this fall.Were you at the Town Hall? I was there for most of it. Are you going to apologize when next year's park budget is "What were we promised"? If you look at the proposed budget in any sort of responsible way you would see a large contingency fund, I wonder if that could be used for police? I think we pay Dekalb for Police until our force is created. If Brookhaven only has to provide police coverage for 5 months you wouldn't want the city to budget and spend for a full years salary, expenses, etc. would you 4U? It seems that for the truth facts are most "irrelevant" 4u.
HamBurger January 30, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Mr. Tertullian, pray tell why citizens should have to apologize for questioning and demanding a responsible government? Is there anything wrong with making sure Brookhaven does not become plagued by some of the same problems in DeKalb that prompted the creation of this city? In a response to Mr. Chris above I inquire about city obligations and their payback. Are they detailed in this budget? The way I see it there is no contingency. Please correct me if I am misinterpreting what I see. Speaking of parks, I thought these two articles might give us guidance: http://tinyurl.com/ay95msx http://tinyurl.com/adu26kq Special hamburger and a Cheerwine while you read?
Eddie E. January 30, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Until an adequate Police force is fully functional, what reason is there to spend a penny on parks purchase? Until the new regime is ready to face reality and budget for a Police force of at least 65 (preferably 75) why come up with a ridiculous number of 2.5 million (which is half the amount for the woefully inadequate number of 53 officers with no set-aside for paying Dekalb County in the interim and eventually to take up the slack for an inadequate level of protection). I don't really care what we were ordered to accept at the 'townhall meeting', at some point, a dose of reality MUST enter into the discussions!
BurrellWiretaps January 30, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Dear Leader CEO Burrell Ellis wicket just got stickier: ""They should almost always belong to targets of the investigation. You can't listen into everybody, you're supposed to listen in to the target," said Manny Arora, who spent seven years as a prosecutor, and now 13 years as a defense attorney. He said for a judge to sign wiretap warrants, prosecutors have to show probable cause that a crime has been or is being committed, and that they've tried other means to get the evidence. He said recorded conversations can be extremely damaging in a case. "It's an incredible worry. If the motion to suppress doesn't succeed, you're going to be taking a plea because there's really nothing left to try. It's sort of like saying they caught you with the money in your briefcase, or the drugs in your car," said Arora." http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/evidence-new-search-warrants-show-wiretaps-dekalb-/nT9hh/ County apologist Eddie, puh-leeze just give it a rest, things are going to improve, in spite of your allegiance to a corrupt County.
Brookhaven4u January 30, 2013 at 11:30 PM
So you are saying that the 2.25 is enough to pay DeKalb and start up an adequate police force? Laughable. Don't mess with the reserves, they are for unforeseen expenses. An underfunded Police budget is not an unforeseen expense. So the CVI was wrong for the first year? What year can we expect the CVI to be relevant? Did our fearless leader in running up to the election state that Excess HOST Funds would have our city starting up with over $2 Million surplus when confronted with the true revenue of our property tax? I took that to mean the first year. Why was this not disclosed to the voters before the election?
Eddie E. January 31, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Burrell Misdirector, Look over here, something shiny... Don't pull back the curtain, because you really don't want to see!!
Eddie E. January 31, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Burrell Misdirector, The issues in the County are no longer the primary issues of Broken Havenz. We have our own level of lofty mis-projection to deal with. Like it or not, we need a real, adequate (read 75 fulltime sworn officers) Police Force because we have decided to step away from the only Police Protection we ever had. Innuendo about the CEO doesn't change that, but hey, if it makes you feel better, keep all three of the cups swirling around the pea. What will that do for the Citizen waiting on TinyTownPolice?
don Gabacho January 31, 2013 at 05:50 PM
"Let’s see what happens in the third year when..."---Hamburger The city government should be in full swing running residents out while raiding real estate. How was it put? Ah yes: "Gentrification."
don Gabacho January 31, 2013 at 05:53 PM
..can "Brookhaven really afford..."---Brookhaven4u ... the city government's charade?
don Gabacho January 31, 2013 at 06:03 PM
"Falsenhood 451 admits that Dekalb is a 'dysfunctional government.'---Apologeticus Sort of like going from a toothless boogeyman under your bed to one under your covers and actually bites. Displacing DeKalb County governance with this one was, and will remain, no solution. Never even intended to be one.
don Gabacho January 31, 2013 at 06:13 PM
"Oddly enough, I got the mailer..."---Eddie E So did I. And took special notice of its last line. Of the Parks and Police Department yet to come. Like trinkets tossed from a Carival float, the issue of parks improvement was tossed like cheap geegaws while our State Congressman, and author of the legislated mandate for a new City of Brookhaven, lied about the Constitution of the State of Georgia prohibiting "townships" (a nullifying factor among others still) which, instead of a "city," would have denied this city's founders virtually having its own police force and that force's surveillance.
don Gabacho January 31, 2013 at 06:31 PM
"$300K for 12 parks for a year?? That's about $30K per park -- barely enough to cut the grass."---Brookhaven Maven I'd cut my neighborhood parks grass for even less. But---oh? As I had to witness last week: 'thirteen' pine straw tossers along one hundred feet of a high of a gated Brookhaven condo comunity plus one foreman and, of course, a multi-thousand dollar pine-straw truck. "Pine straw"! In Georgia! Even the Eskimos wouldn't think of buying ice much less going to the expense also of fourteen people being paid to scatter it neatly alongside their igloos. I wish I had my camera with me that day and posted it to the i-net with a mulitple choice question aksing just where the viewer thought the photo, depicting the high-walls and numbers of laborers on its outside and their strutting foreman, was taken: 1) Happydale, Washington, DC? 2) The Zona Rosa, MxCty, Mexico? 3) Brookhaven, GA, USA By far: The answers would have favored #2
don Gabacho January 31, 2013 at 07:06 PM
"I'd cut my neighborhood parks grass for even less."---Me But that would be 'American Outreach'. MxCty forbid! "MxCty"! Which the City of Brookhaven's founders certainly do heed.
don Gabacho January 31, 2013 at 07:30 PM
"...budget number on police..."----apollogeticus "Police"? Surely to be contested even to the nullification of the city given (but not only), the author and principal sponsor of the legislated city, Mike Jacobs, having deliberately misled the voter-citizens of the referendum tby stating"townships" (which, in lieu of a "city" would ***not*** have required its own police force), was "probited" by to the State of Georgia's Constitution. "Despite the State of Georgia Constitution's preamble allowing it, no statement anywhere in the State Constitution prohibiting townships plus Jacobs, having already been the author of the state bill also, that was to have the State of Georgia comply with the National Voter Rights Act, in his own hand, having already included "townships" in that bill.
Joe Plumber February 01, 2013 at 01:19 AM
And here we are with our DeKalb county school system!
don Gabacho February 02, 2013 at 07:32 PM
"...a proper police force?.."---Brookhaven4u "Proper"? By this city government? A government which has had no qualms at all with police moonlighting as private security guards for privately-owned bars and stores---ALSO? Left allowed, graduating to a whole security force (member unidentified and thus secret) for an entire neighborhood---ALSO? What's next?
don Gabacho February 02, 2013 at 07:37 PM
"The $2.25M for Brookhaven Police is only for a FRACTION of the fiscal year..."---Chris Horner It could be what the city's lawyers supposedly require to study, or pay for a study, on just who to appoint to police us.
don Gabacho February 02, 2013 at 08:34 PM
"...Win or lose that litigation, where is the pay to play I was warned about?"---TomMiller1 In the income in pay alone for the work created by the city for the (supposedly) opposing law firms no matter the outcome?* Even when the outcome of the litigation may be a foregone conclusion? Or even not? In the lawyers in the city government, or contracted by the city government's lawyers, simply keeping---despite winning or losing the case---all the proceeds in taxes for the litigation to themselves? Didn't they "play" also? When there was no public mandate for even the City of Brookhaven (rather than an invented one), couldn't this City of Brookhaven have simply invented a pubic mandate against the Pink Pony?
don Gabacho February 02, 2013 at 08:54 PM
"Like it or not, we need a real, adequate (read 75 fulltime sworn officers) Police Force..."---Eddie Sheer and dangerous baloney. The city can permanently contract DeKalb county's police or, better yet, dissolve itself as a city and, if there be a genuine public mandate, reconstruct as a township. For the very good reason, as you put it yourself, of the City of Brookhaven being, "new" or not, a "regieme."
don Gabacho February 04, 2013 at 07:36 PM
"Didn't they 'play' also?"---Me Some even ran for public office---and won. Didn't they?
don Gabacho February 04, 2013 at 07:38 PM
"...why don't we just get a Sheriff?..."---Mike Because we are disallowed. Obviously, the city founders require their own enforcers.
don Gabacho February 05, 2013 at 08:43 PM
"Mr. Tertullian, pray tell why citizens should have to apologize for questioning and demanding a responsible government?"---Hamburger Because, in 'corporatist' goverance, it is the civic duty of citizens to not only serve government but also serve government obediently and uncritcally. Even if the criticism be constructive. Learn your place. Do learn also that, since the conception of this City of Brookhaven, and its goverance, the truth can only lie in lies yet to be discovered.
don Gabacho February 05, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Dean, Of the C4ND-BYes-City of Brookhaven Commission-Subsequent Governance of Brookhaven: not that I'm religious, but apropos: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits."
Chris February 06, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Brookhaven4u, you lie. And here's the proof. You commented on December 9, 2012 at 5:20 to a post I made one minute sooner. I told you the year one revenues would be significantly lower and even provided reference to the CVI study where it pointed that out. Just face it, you only hear what you want to hear and aren't concerned with facts. Here's a link proving you weren't "blindsided". http://brookhaven.patch.com/articles/brookhaven-commission-holds-final-meeting-sunday-night

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