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Parent Voting 'No' On Cityhood; Endorses T-SPLOST

The outgoing Brookhaven state lawmaker says the proposed new city's financial success is 'highly questionable.'


Outgoing state Rep. Elena Parent is voting 'no' on the issue of Brookhaven incorporation.

In an e-mail to her constituents this past weekend, Parent said "the financial success of the new city is highly questionable. There are no tax savings, and in fact there will be a tax increase, if the city is created."

Parent also endorsed the .

"Our region has underinvested in transportation infrastructure for decades, and it is an impediment to creating jobs and a threat to our quality of life," she said.

Parent was drawn into the same House District as as a result of census-driven, legislative redistricting. , and instead has been named executive director of Georgia Watch.

"There is a tight millage cap, tying the hands of any future Brookhaven city leaders from making decisions and undermining the financial viability of the proposed city," Parent said in her email. "The number of police officers budgeted for is inadequate and more can't be added because the financial projections show no operating surplus."

Regarding , Parent said, "A 'yes' vote will provide billions of dollars in investment to improve our failing system, including historic investments in mass transit for our neighborhoods.

"The project list was passed unanimously by a regional roundtable and it is supported by leaders of every political stripe and from every corner of our region," she said. "If the vote fails, it will be even more difficult in the future to achieve the kind of cooperation that is essential if Atlanta is going to thrive, or even function."

In the email, Parent also endorsed these candidates:

  • Judge Dax Lopez for State Court Judge
  • Marshall Orson for DeKalb County School Board District 2
  • for re-election as DeKalb County Commissioner Super District 6
  • Oretha Brown-Johnson for DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court
Jen July 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Eric, The lot at Briarwood Way and Briarwood Road used to be a day care and a house. when they tore down the two buildings a devloper made a deal with the county to build townhomes where the ball fields were in exchange for the corner lot that had been purchased. The county was supposed to move the play ground to the corner lot and then replace the ball fields. Instead there is an empty corner lot with a sign that says Dekalb Parks.....
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 12:30 AM
"And what happens to Brookhaven when it is further walled off from the rest of Dekalb by the Chamblee Annexation?" Already predicted months ago: Chamblee is annexted to Brookhaven (and there's BYessers police) followed by Doraville, etc, followed by Brookhaven petitioning Cobb County to be annexed to Cobb County and accepted. Don't worry. You'll get your "diversity office" for the MxGov's Instituto de Mexico at Brookhaven Plaza.
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 02:34 AM
10:32 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 "A jalapeño for the Gespatcho's logo... El stupido loco is he." ---Dr. Mutt What do you doctor? Hoyos de topos?
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 02:39 AM
"El Gespatcho likes to use the NO CITY CON THE PEOPLE PLAYBOOK" ---Dr. Mutt Where do you find the following in any playbook?? http://bit.ly/nkqBuS http://bit.ly/odEZbI http://bit.ly/nWDzCU
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 03:00 AM
"El Norte de Gespatcho... Well go get those voter registration forms instead of constantly throwing a tantrum about them---Dr Mutt As is invading the MxConslate or its Insitute of Mexico? Plus the Offices of the SOS of GA? Let's say I did and got them. What would stop the MxGov from being provided or fabricating more? And you say I'm "loco"? Supposedly we have our State Representatives. Don't we? At least when not occupied with Pub 71. Get your head out of that gopher hole.

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