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'The Mayor Of Brookhaven' Answers Five Questions From Patch

Ashford Park civic leader and businessman Ronnie Mayer talks about his political future and why he hopes Brookhaven never becomes like Chamblee.


You’d be hard-pressed to find a more recognizable figure in Brookhaven than Ronnie Mayer. President of the Ashford Park Civic Association, business owner, community volunteer and civic leader, Mayer is known in some circles as the “mayor of Brookhaven.” But could that title become official, should Brookhaven vote to incorporate at the end of this month?

Now, Five Questions With Ronnie Mayer.

If Brookhaven votes to become a city, will you run for office?

Mayer: Yes. I will run for something. It really is up to [Ashford Park Civic Association Vice Chair] Jim Eyre; he’s been told by dozens of people that he should run for mayor.

What would you do if Jim runs for mayor?

If he runs for mayor, I’ll support him. I’ll be his machine because he and I work well together as a team.

And what office would you seek?

Mayer: If he runs for mayor, I’ll run for the city council seat. If he wants to run for the council seat, I’ll support him. But Jim won’t sit there and watch the world pass him by. He’s going to be involved.

There will be a lot of mistakes made for the first few years, and no one wants to see the city screwed up before we really get underway.

BrookhavenYES chairman J. Max Davis is often rumored to be a candidate for mayor. What's your opinion?

Mayer: If J. Max wants to be man, let him be the man. He wants to be mayor so badly he can taste it. So if he wants to get in there, let him get beat up for a while. But he better be a tough cookie because he's going to be the whipping boy.

And If J. Max and his people try to pull a power play on the city, they will realize there is a lot more power at this end of the city than they realize. At all of these , it seems that J. Max is such good friends with [Chamblee Mayor] Eric Clarkson. But if we run Brookhaven the way Chamblee is run, I will sell every piece of property I own in Ashford Park and move.

Why do you say that?

Chamblee is run like the Gestapo ... just incredibly stupidly.

For 10 years our group of volunteers fed the officers at the city’s event. About three years ago the mayor stopped our efforts because of some political boondoggle over some liability issues. Now the city pays a vendor to feed its officers at the event, and run golf carts to transport older folks and the like to and from their cars, at a cost of hundreds of dollars, a task that volunteers used to undertake.

I hope the city of Brookhaven never becomes what Chamblee has become.

HamBurger July 07, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Mr. Dean, since you seem to keep up with these tax details, do you know what the 2012 millage rates for unincorporated DeKalb and the cities in DeKalb are? Do you know what the projected 2012 millage rates for the proposed city of Brookhaven is for both county and city? Additionally, do you know what area in DeKalb (city or unincorporated) has the lowest millage rate for 2012? There is a cityhood vote coming up soon, please share your findings as folks need to do their research. Please, just facts, no FUD. Smell that charcoal? Oh yeah! That is one exceptionally fine special hamburger!
Eric H July 07, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Hamburger can you cite what the HOST credit will be? There is only a backhanded comment that Host will be over half. But I have yet to find more confirmation. Also I notice on my tax bill my Host Credit is only 42% it only gets to 46% by including the state exemption. Would we still get that portion? And how does the extra 10,000 exemption change the calculation?
HamBurger July 07, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Mr. Eric, the 2012 HOST credit was previously cited elsewhere on the Patch. However, I am looking at the same documentation you are, how do you interpret it? Maybe you can answer the questions posed to Mr. Dean; I think he may be befuddled with his own FUD . . . Man! Those are some exceptionally well made special hamburgers! Schweet!
HDM July 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Hamburger, I don't believe the numbers have been finalized for 2012. These factual statements stand: In 2011 Dunwoody residents had the lowest property tax rate burden in DeKalb. In 2011 Dekalb jacked up the property tax rate in the unincorporated area by 26% rather than reduce thir well documented wasteful bureaucracy.
HamBurger July 07, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Mr. Eric, did you ever find the posts about the 2012 DeKalb County HOST credit? If so, could you please share your findings? Just what do those posts project the 2012 HOST credit would be? Have you ever been cooking special hamburgers on a charcoal grill all day, drenched in special hamburger smoke, and while running a few errands, find that the ladies get real close to get a second or third whiff of that special hamburger redolence? Happens to me all the time . . .
HamBurger July 07, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Mr. Dean, call FUD on me if you like, but I am going out on a limb . . . 2012 tax millage rates lowest to highest listed below: Unincorporated DeKalb Dunwoody Proposed Brookhaven Right, Mr. Eric? If the proposed city of Brookhaven fails, will you continue to complain or will you actively become involved for the purpose of governmental change? Also, the last day for your property tax appeal is 07/13/2012. Rep. Jacobs can assist you and he can be reached at http://atlantaappeals.com/ Make sure you tell him Mr. HamBurger sent you! Can you believe someone offered me some chicken wings this evening? There is nothing better than a lazy summer evening and a special hamburger and a Cheerwine!
HDM July 07, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Since you are in the mood for guessing games today Hamburger, care to throw out a guess as to when DeKalb will raise the property tax rate on citizens in unincorporated areas again like the 26% increase in 2011? 1 or 2 years after the current elections at the most, right? This couldn't happen in Brookhaven without citizen consent via a vote.
HamBurger July 08, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Mr. Dean, do you really think that was a guess? Your lack of knowledge astonishes me. As we speak, the BY folks are huddling to figure how to couch this information for their forthcoming salvo of robo calls, e-blasts, and bulk mailings. Monday should be interesting . . . And Wednesday? This cityhood issue is an extremely political issue. Regarding the BY folks, there is the “in crowd” that knows just what the Hell is going on with their future city and then there are the followers or pawns as they are referred to. The “in crowd” has known this information for some time now. And, they are trying to figure out just how to flip it for their advantage. The pawns? Well, they will not know what they have bought into until they have figured out they have been used. The impetus for the Brookhaven cityhood movement was started with an inconclusive poll of a limited number of folks in the northern portion of the proposed city footprint. The middle and southern portions of this area? Never consulted, not even a kiss . . . Where is Rep. Mike Jacobs? Mr. J. Max Davis? Mr. Stan? Mr. Jeff? Mr. Max? Consulting with their $pinMeister? Uh . . . Would you be kind enough to pass the yellow mustard?
HamBurger July 08, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Right Mr. Eric? Special hamburger and a Cheerwine?
Eric H July 08, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Hamburger I remember someone asking if HOST was raised to 52% or 59% would unincorporated be lower than Brookhaven if Brookhaven went to its millage cap. I said YES. Though I qualify on the 52% since I'm not sure how the extra 10k brookhaven exemption and the state exemption play into it. But I asked then and I ask now what is the evidence of what the Credit will be? yes I know it will be higher than last year. And its Ironic that the No folks are playing the who will be lower card based on a higher HOST credit because to the extent it is higher means its a higher amount that Brookhaven gets from HOST and thus a greater likelihood that a budget that spends more on parks, roads and provides more police patrols could be done at a millage rate below the Brookhaven Cap. Bottom line we are talking a 50 or 100 dollar swing here. Its the better services I'm looking for. Though I have to admit when yes folks question Obama supporters for supporting economically proven recessionary fighting deficit spending vs. the silly TSPLOST claim that merely raising taxes during recovery or expansion periods creates more economic activity makes me think I should blindly follow some local Dems in DeKalb worried about losing power instead of changing and adapting. Now if you can make sense of that.......
HamBurger July 08, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Mr. Eric, my money is on 59% for the DeKalb HOST credit. Just where is Cynthia McKinney when YOU need her? Have a Cheerwine and go to bed early tonight . . .
Thomas T Telford July 08, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Eric, When will Brookhaven actually get the HOST distribution? What year do you think that Brookhaven will get it's first HOST disbursement? Dunwoody ran into this problem. Please see link. http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/printedition/2008/09/10/dunwoodycash.html
Carl Childers July 08, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Eric, Please ask Mike Jacobs to revise the numbers he is supplying you. The ones you are using are incorrect. I know this, for I am a scientist and a genius. Notice my enormous cranium.
HamBurger July 08, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Mr. Thomas, that is an enlightening article, I like this quote: “It will be up to the council, many of whom are tied to Citizens for Dunwoody, whether to approve the recommendations and sign off the contract with CH2M Hill that the group is negotiating.” Interesting . . . I bet if we see this new city pass we will see a HOST of Brookhaven Yes folks running for office. I also like this quote: “Georgia’s newest city will run in the red during its first year of operation, according to a new study by advocates of cityhood.” I guess if you need a study to cover your arse, you can create one whenever you like? However, if you are a taxpayer trying to make an intelligent decision regarding a new city vote, you are SOL? WTF??? Must be a lot of pawns in the proposed city of Brookhaven . . . Rep. Mike Jacobs, Mr. Jeff Keller, Mr. Stan Segal, Mr. J. Max Davis, Brookhaven Yes, can we have a revised Vinson study to give us a better understanding of the financial basis for this new city? Additionally, can you tell us just who will be running for office if this new city is passed? By the way . . . Just where is Rep. Mike Jacobs? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Mary La Pannea July 08, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Wow! Attacking a sitting State Rep while hiding on the internet. I have been following the antics of frequent Patch contributors; the comments seem to fall into three categories: Really weird ('really large cranium'), Really nasty and rude, accusatory and tantalizingly close to libel, Or real, like Eric Hovdesam. The guy signs in as himself, tries to act rationally, and gets attacked personally. I have made my mind to vote YES because I am wary of weird and rude people.
"E Pluribus Unum" July 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Mary L. P., that's as silly of a reason to decide on how to vote on a very serious and important issues. No doubt you already had your mind made up because there are many, many other No opinions expressed that do not fall into the two categories you listed. Likewise, there are many, many vile comments made by Yes folks. I am not sure Yes or No folks know how to rate 60-1. Finally, did you read today's paper on Peachtree Corners? Is this a sign for things to come if the vote unfortunately ends up passing? I didn't detect any mean/crazy tone inthe article. Now...I said all this in a very nice way. Hopefully that fits into your tight communication wheel. :-)
"E Pluribus Unum" July 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Ps Mary L. P. , weirdness and rudeness are relative. The things you have cherry picked to point out don't seem weird or rude to me. Your comments do strike me as weird and rude. Maybe we can agree 60-1 is weird and rude?
Mary La Pannea July 08, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Obvisouly the Path people thought that HamBruger's nasty and disrespectful remarks toward a member of the Georgia Statehouse were over the top as well. Good. Patch does a reasonable job for each community it serves, that sort of behavior is unacceptable. Being civil is important.
"E Pluribus Unum" July 08, 2012 at 09:43 PM
HamBuger is extremely informed, logical and reasonable. The Professor is a scientist and brilliant. His cranium had to be enlarged in order to cram his grey matter into the heady vessel. As far as MJ...he has worked hard to be robustly criticized. To take a line from HamBurger, if he can't handle the wiff of charcoal in the kitchen, it's time to get out. Hopefuly voted out.
Mary La Pannea July 08, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Whatevs.
Steve Walker July 08, 2012 at 11:10 PM
The Professor is really Gilligan !!
HamBurger July 09, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Ms. Mary, my now deleted post from last night did not contain “nasty and disrespectful remarks”. However, it contained a compliment, a criticism, and observation about an elected official using his position for gain. For the record, Mr. Tim is familiar with the mailings soliciting business I mention in my now deleted post. Be clear about this: My post could have been a mailer from a candidate running against Rep. Mike Jacobs sent to your and Mr. Tim’s mail box and nothing would have been said . . . As for Mr. Tim and Patch deletions, he has deleted some extremely minor items before, however, as a Patch representative, he can do as he pleases with his forum. Someone got their panties in a wad and a post got deleted because of it. As for myself, I am not so thin-skinned. Speak of me as you like and you will never hear me complain. The way you use your words towards me represent you. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HDM July 09, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Personal attacks and attempts to spread fear through false information...this is the Tory MO. It won't work
HamBurger July 09, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Mr. Dean, please, just what century are you living in? I always look forward to your posts, they are so informative! Special hamburger?
HamBurger July 09, 2012 at 12:51 AM
A disgruntled Brookhaven Yes insider tells me there is Heap Big Pow Wow on Breton Court right now . . . Insider concerned with lack of honesty and openness of new city crowd . . . More cracks in make-up of Brookhaven Yes . . . Chief SR 80 started the assembly with Peace Pipe . . . Preparation for meeting with NO tribe tomorrow at Oglethorpe . . . Lot of speaking in tongues going on . . . Short round cockroach doing a lot of translation from palm of rotund man in golf cart . . . Golf cart listing dangerously to one side. Mr. Stan, Mr. JD, Mr. Jeff, & SR 80 correcting cart . . . Not pretty . . . Film at eleven . . . Scary bunch . . . Afraid to ask if they were hungry . . .
"E Pluribus Unum" July 09, 2012 at 01:54 AM
HamBuger....what a dreadful image you have painted. I am going to have a hard time sleeping tonight now. Carl....obviously Mary L. P. Is not reading the blog very closely. I intentionally described the Professor with your wonderful qualities and she didn't pick up the difference. Oh well...your are still a scientist with a lot of grey matter crammed into your noggin.
HamBurger July 09, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Ms. Mary, just one last thought before I extinguish the grill, prepare for bed, and say my nightly prayers. This entire cityhood issue has left a bad taste in the mouths of many elected officials in state government. Its development, presentation, and execution along with the fiascos relating to the Vinson folks have made a lot of folks look rather foolish. These folks, along with many citizens in the proposed city footprint, look at Rep. Mike Jacobs a Hell of a lot differently now . . . If re-elected, it will be interesting to see just how effective he will be. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Bill Lowe July 09, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Hamburger, Shhhh. I thought you were aware of this....Jacobs is trying to distance himself from the cityhood vote on July 31st. He has already done his job as far as getting the bill through the government hurdles and signed by the governor. Out of sight, out of mind is the order of the day, especially when you are running for re-election in November. If he made an appearance, it was surely to remind those in attendance that he was running for re-election in November and their contributions to his campaign were needed. After July 31st, a decision will be made to either spend the money to try to win, or to just let the money remain in the coiffers for the next candidate of a certain party. The previous statements were merely provided as entertainment, but the possibility exists that this could have happened. Really. As far as the Mary Le Peux character....Bwahahahaha. Too much. Way too much. This country will truly collapse if people base their decisions similarly to the way you have stated to base yours. And I am almost sure that it has already started falling. A sad state of affairs that can only be corrected by an asteroid at least 6 miles wide or a plague that wipes out 99 percent of the breeding population. I do fear for the world filled with simple minded creatures. Unfortunately, this is all too common and humans are de-evolving. It's ok, at least you have lots of company. Just no more breeding, ok? Another alcohol filled evening. heh.
Be Good To Your Brothers July 09, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen I just want my sisters and brothers to know that you are loved and in good hands. God has a plan for us. Be good to your brother, for you are your brothers keeper.
FreddieK August 02, 2012 at 02:32 PM
What a stinky surprise - a visible (not in a good way) tow-truck driver for Mayor, or, a blustering "lawyer" with a bad online reputation for Mayor, or, a bike boy and unemployed architect who feigns surprise when he gives people the finger and that person gets out of their car and beats the whup out of him. GREAT CHOICES! I knew Brookhaven is becoming a city for the right reasons!

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