Raise Taxes? Reduce Expenses? Draw Down Reserves?

DeKalb County administrators said the county has only three options to recoup financial losses if Brookhaven becomes a city.

DeKalb County officials paint a dismal financial picture in the event Brookhaven becomes a city.

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Richard Stogner, the county chief operating officer, said the county's only options to recoup the estimated $27 million it predicts it would lose in tax revenue from Brookhaven residents are to "raise revenues, reduce expenses or draw down on reserves" - noting that the county was far from ready for the impact of a .

State Rep. Mike Jacobs and other proponents of cityhood have pointed out in hearings however that while DeKalb County will see a loss in some revenue, the services the county now provides to the area will be eliminated, thus eliminating an expense to the county. Similarly, Rep. Tom Taylor said that because Brookhaven residents will remain part of DeKalb County and using its fire department and schools, more than 70 percent of residents' tax dollars would still go to DeKalb County. 

Stogner said in the report that no possible solution is off the table, including job cuts and higher taxes.

What do you think? Will cityhood be financially damaging to DeKalb County? If Brookhaven becomes a city, how do you think DeKalb County should recoup financial resources based on Stogner's assessment?  Tell us in comments and start or join the conversation on Facebook.


Enuff Govt Already March 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Just the facts reads like a text book and it doesn't sell adverti"zing".Can't really speak on the school stories as I haven't done much checking into thembut if your interested the blog dekalbschoolwatch would be a good help. Reference the story about a former DeKalb Officer and a major drug ring. The news bits only briefly mentioned the crime was committed after he resigned. They down played the information that he was employeed by Clarkston. The other stories also downplayed the fact that DeKalb Police investigated and then sought out additional assistance to secure the best prosecution changes.
Stan March 30, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I wrote this piece to explain the effects the legislation will have on both property tax and utilities (franchise fees). http://brookhaven.patch.com/articles/city-of-brookhaven-taxes-and-franchise-fees It is a real world example.
pat thomas April 01, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Of course it is...
Gilligan April 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Medication please. Stans lost his mind again.
Stan April 04, 2012 at 11:52 AM
@Henry, where did I go astray. I took a property tax bill from the DeKalb online system and applied the calculation. I really would like to know where I miscalculated, if I did.


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