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Franchise Fees, Staffing Updates On Friday's Brookhaven City Council Agenda

The meeting is set for 3:30 pm today at the Brittany Club on Breton Circle.


The Brookhaven City Council will discuss setting franchise fees for cable and video services inside the new city during its Dec. 28 meeting, set to begin at 3:30 pm at the Brittany Club, 3359 Breton Circle.

Other items on the council's agenda include updates on the search for a permanent city clerk and city manager; the announcement of an official bank vendor for the city; and establishing a regular city council meeting schedule for 2013.

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Brookhaven4u December 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Here comes part A of you tax cut, I mean tax increase.
Eddie E. December 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I can't help but notice the 'tax cut' (the major selling point for a new, additional govenrmental structure) seems to have been removed from the table. Of course, the increases in cost of living are front and center.
HamBurger December 28, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Mr. Eddie, you mean more government does not translate into less taxation as we were lead to believe by Brookhaven Yes? Please pass the yellow mustard!
brookhavengablog.com December 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM
thebrookhavenpost.com will be covering this meeting as usual. Videos will be posted here once processed for web: http://www.thebrookhavenpost.com/city-council-coverage.html
Road Scholar December 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Wasn't the tax cut included in the City Charter? The portion of our tax millage rate (city services) was cut 3 mils? The County has already announced a millage increase for next year;I do not know which portion of the millage rate was increased.
John Q Public December 28, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Road Scholar, Your post indeed indicates that you are actually not a scholar. If you are just now asking whether a tax cut was in the charter, you have not done your research, like many, and supported the city. It is a fact. The city has raised your taxes 1.62 mills. Perhaps you should change your handle to Road Squalor.
Brookhaven4u December 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Road, our founding fathers promised we would pay less taxes with the city. IF you trusted the Byesers and believed them, they got you. The city charter capped the millage rate for city taxes (UNIC Taxdist & Police Service found on your property taxes) at 335 mils. However, under the county tax model, the HOST Credit gives property owners a credit on their taxes. Our Founding fathers keep the host money. So on your property taxes, you actually pay more for the city with regard to the lost host credit (2012 you received a 51% reduction from the HOST Credit). Take heart, under the city charter, you will have a lower Gross Tax Amount on your property taxes. What you actually pay in the Net Tax Due will be higher under the city. Now add the addition of the franchise fees?
FreddieK December 28, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Not sure if Hizzonor Davis is smart enough to know the budget wouldn't float, but I certainly intend to rail against Rap-resentative Mike Jacobs when it doesn't.
Brookhaven Maven December 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
The City Clamshell meeting is set for the BRITTANY CLUB???? Why the hell are we paying $100,000+ a year to have a fancy schmansy temporary city hall and it doesn't even have space for a CC meeting? This just gets worse and worse. Note how close this location is to MayorMadMax's house. How convenient. How much do you suppose the Brittany Club will charge the city for this? Franchise fees. That was in the CVI proposal, so should come as no surprise to anyone. Cable teevee surcharges and other fees will soon follow, no doubt. -- The Maven
SillyBilly December 29, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Keep repeating a lie and some folks will fall for it. Just have o keep reminding you of the facts or else you really will begin to believe your own lie. It was and is Dekalb County that has initiated the scheme to raise your taxes by 1.62 mills, not the city- period . The charter does contain a slight tax cut for most homeowners even with the HOST credit figured and the already known franchise fees. You are already paying franchise fees for cable to the county and these fees will simply be transferred to the city just like the 3.35 mils the city will be getting from the county. But hey, keep saying your lie and maybe it will become the truth , at least in your garage or basement. As for here in the real world- Thank the Lord that lies lost in July and December.
Shemin DeVille December 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM
SillyBilly, Regardless of where the tax increase came from, it is a result of Brookhaven being a city. Otherwise, if we were still in unincorporated Dekalb, we would not have received this tax. Anyone living in a city in Dekalb County got a tax increase. And now that we are a city, we got it too. 1.62 mills. It will cost everyone in Brookhaven more to have this city. Plain and simple. Does that mean the city was a bad idea? No. It just means it will cost you a premium to have it. That's all. Simply put.
Brookhaven4u December 29, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Silly Billy your statements are absolutely false. With the loss of the host credit, you are paying more in taxes with the city. Do the math. With a host Credit of 50%, the county at 6.39 mills becomes 3.195 mils. So Billy stop your lies. 3.195 is lower than the city mils of 3.35, not including the additional franchise fees. This is all in the CVI study, it is just not emphasized people will pay higher taxes. The pay lower taxes was our founding fathers pledge. As for our founding fathers pledge of lower taxes, people must keep them accountable. Billy you are correct, the county will be raising our county portion of the taxes for 2013. Did anyone vote for the city under the impression that we would be leaving DeKalb mismanagement? Appears our great city has no effect on that.
SillyBilly December 29, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Shermin, Where do you get that Brookhaven caused the county shenanigans on the millage increase for cities? The county did not cite that the city of Brookhaven being formed was the reason for their tax switcheroo. They said it was only " fair " that people living in municipalities "pay their fair share". Brookhaven hadn't even up and running when they soaked Decatur, Chamblee, Dunwoody, etc. with this scheme. Brookhaven 4 u is wrong again because he has no idea what the host credit will be for the citizens of Brookhaven ( we have a higher residential component than Dunwoody or the County as a whole) hence his claim of a tax increase is still a lie.
Jack of Kings December 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The circle of finger pointing, lies, half truths and conspiracy theories continue. The usual suspects with little to do but post on Patch perpetuate their fantasies and vitriolic attacks. It is not a secret--Dekalb County tried to influence the Brookhaven City fererendum by unilaterally (and, perhaps, illegally) by increasing fess to municipalities. ANYONE ignoring this fact is not telling the full truth.
Eddie E. December 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
phil, Are you a paid apologist or do you just do it for fun? The County has services to provide and they have to cover the costs. It isn't like they have to concern themselves with those who are too important to be part of the solution any more. Just wait till the costs for Police coverage get serious! All this preliminary price gouging will seem like so much kindergarten.
HamBurger December 29, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Mr. Phil, franchise fees and your feelings about the horrid DeKalb County are petty when compared to what may come. The real fun will begin once we see the city budget. And, when its deficiencies are revealed, how the budget is juggled to accomplish providing the citizens with all of the services that were promised by C$ND and Brookhaven Yes. Any guesses as to what services will not be as promised? Special hamburger and a Cheerwine to get ready for the fireworks?
Jack of Kings December 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
LOL--am I a "paid apologist"? I post infrequently and you post ten times a day. I was thinking you were a paid rabblerouser and malcontent. If I was paid, I would have been fired a long time ago for inactivity. On the other hand, your employers must be very happy witth your activity level.
Eddie E. December 29, 2012 at 06:15 PM
phil, I am my employer and protecting my assets and my personal freedom make me very happy. In either case, the house of cards you helped build is already swaying and there hasn't been any real accomplishment yet. Might want to get some microfiber towels and some facial egg remover.
Brookhaven Maven December 29, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Check your electric bill, guys. There is a line item there right with the Environmental Compliance Cost charge and the Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery charge called "Municipal" Franchise Fee. Doesn't matter that we are a city or not, franchise fees have been imposed on Georgia Power customers for years -- even for those in unincorporated DK. That they call it a "municipal" fee didn't exempt us from having to pay it when we were not yet a city. The more galling charge is that nuclear construction cost thing. I plan to move out of state in another five years, so why should I have to pay for the construction of a nuke plant that I will never use? It's especially galling that GPC is a publicly-traded company. They should have to pay for new construction just like any other company -- out of their profits, or borrowing the money. This is yet another failure of our elected folks on the Public Service Commission to protect the public from the beasts. -- The Maven
Eddie E. December 29, 2012 at 06:16 PM
sb, When the Host numbers are published and show a clear tax increase, what will your line of apology shift to?
Eddie E. December 29, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Maven, Thank both the PSC and the General Assembly. The bill allowing this was a day when there were more SouCo/GaPwr lobbyists on the Senate floor than Senators!
Brookhaven4u December 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Phil, one of the well known arguments from the Anti-city crowed was that the creation of the city does nothing to shield us from the problems with DeKalb. Pro Yessers countered that we can shield ourselves from DeKalb Mismanagement with a yes city vote. Our City portion of our taxes increased. Now we get some additional Franchise Fees.It is getting fairly expenses on us to pay the additional less taxes our founding fathers blatantly lied about. And the portion of the County Taxes also go up for 2013 too. Is this what our founding fathers meant by shielding ourselves from DeKalb mismanagement?
SillyBilly December 29, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Eddie "personal freedom" and " protecting assets" doesn't jibe with the fact that recently you posted that you wish there were some " real socialists " in the General assembly. When companies are state owned, like in a real socialist state, personal freedom and assets aren't really protected . As for apologies, Eddie what has happened to your "pay to play" lines now that "Hizzoner Davis" has actually spoken and voted against the interests of some of those who contributed to his campaign? You and others like you are going to keep accruing a backlog of apologies that of course you will never give. Why would you any way as all your bluster about truth and transparency doesn't matter and doesn't apply if it doesn't benefit your goals like all true Marxists believe. You know - " the ends justify the means " and all that. Brook 4 u there you go again . The cable fee isn't a new or "additional fee" as you say, no matter how much you wish it would be so as to fit your line. It was/is there and cable subscribers are at this moment paying it to the county. It will be shifted to the city very soon .
Eddie E. December 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM
sb, While I might prefer a responsible Socialist form of governance, I don't see it happening anytime soon, so I have to play with the established rules. In any case, I am glad that I have a responsible Representative in my House District, too bad I don't have much of a Senator. No reason to expect any apologies. Nothing really has occurred yet. Get back to me in about 3 years and we'll see what transpires. In the meantime, I'll just sit back and wait for my MASSIVE property tax cut.
HamBurger December 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Mr. SB, as a principled conservative, I take exception to politicians giving any indication of impropriety. I take exception to Brookhaven Yes’s acceptance of contributions from potential vendors for Brookhaven. I take J. Max Davis’s willingness to accept campaign contributions from potential city vendors to be reprehensible. I also take exception to individuals not being truthful about their arrest records. People may make mistakes, and there is forgiveness, but it is difficult to forgive a liar. Many private sector businesses find “pay to play” reason for instant dismissal. Job seekers that are found to be liars generally are not hired . . . Unless the ethics of those supporting them are questionable. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Enuff Govt Already December 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM
2010 taxes $4,127.28- 2011 taxes $3,983.75 and 2012 taxes $2,957.46 for a notable citizen. What will the taxes be next year now that the city (more govt) exist? Franchise fees; I view them as a backdoor double tax. More govt always means more taxes one way or the other!
Gangnam Bile December 30, 2012 at 05:44 AM
"Indications" of impropriety? Not sure what that means but for truthbenders like you and other pessimists, the line between real/ actual fact and innuendo and wishful thinking seems to be constantly skewed and blurred towards irresponsible falsehoods. Keep saying "pay to play" so as to keep your worldview in tact. Facts don't matter to you if they interfere with your party line. Not sure who was ever asked or lied about arrest record(s) or to whom or what you are referring but I am going to safely assume you have bent the truth there as well for some other narrative you are trying to keep juggling.
Gangnam Bile December 30, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Enuff, in this case more is less.
HamBurger December 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Mr. GB, your comment shows that you have not been paying attention. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eddie E. December 30, 2012 at 03:31 PM
This from someone who refuses to accept the facts and pretends everything is just fine. Get back to me in 3 years.

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