The DeKalb County effort to discourage a city of Brookhaven

Max Davis, president of Brookhaven Yes, filed a complaint Friday with the state ethics commission against top administrators for DeKalb County, including CEO Burrell Ellis, alleging that they improperly used county resources to help opponents of the new city.

Incorporation is on the Tuesday ballot. Read the entire complaint here.

Among the evidence cited by Davis is an April e-mail advising top DeKalb officials about what must be done to dampen enthusiasm for the creation of the city, and undercut a report on incorporation by the Carl Vinson Institute of government in Athens. Here’s the final paragraph:

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Will

July 27th, 2012
6:04 pm

Anybody know where to find this Carl Vinson study? Link?

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July 27th, 2012
6:19 pm

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July 27th, 2012
6:21 pm

It’s down to the wire for supporters and opponents of the controversial 1 percent sales tax aimed at relieving traffic congestion all over metro Atlanta.

“A new Channel 2 Action News/Rosetta Stone Communications poll shows voters are not yet convinced.

Thirty-five percent of the registered voters polled said they’ll vote for the measure. Fifty-five percent said they oppose the tax. ”

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/both-sides-hit-streets-over-tsplost-vote/nP5YY/

Dave

July 27th, 2012
6:39 pm

Oops. Though I’m on DeKalb’s side on this, I think they may have gone a bit beyond what they are legally allowed to do. Of course, Mr. Davis and Mr. Jacobs, both state politicians, just not DeKalb County politicians, get to say whatever they want to say.

Tim Darnell

July 27th, 2012
6:52 pm

Brookhaven.Patch.com has unparalleled coverage of the Brookhaven cityhood issue, along with copies of the CVI study; copies of the emails over which BrookhavenYES is charging ethical violations; and an incredibly vigorous debate among our readers on the issue of Brookhaven cityhood.

chamblee54

July 27th, 2012
7:16 pm

Bob

July 27th, 2012
7:21 pm

This is the first city effort that has had such a vigorous opposition which curiously is funded by 2 of Atlanta’s wealthiest families, Tom Cousins and the Imay family. They are neighbors who live in Historic Brookhaven and the Senator for that area tried to get the city name changed to Ashford. But Brookhaven like other names has expanded as a term beyond the historic boundaries. Its also an incredible amount of help from the county against a sizeable portion of its citizens. Including a very misleading release that claimed the City of Brookhaven would have a deficit because of a declining Property Tax base. It was misleading because the property tax base is only 25% of the revenues for the city, and the other 75%, particularly HOST revenues have gone up by substantially more than the decline in the Property Tax base.
Bottom line even if the city happens it only diverts 12% of the revenues generated in the area from DeKalb, but DeKalb will save money because they won’t have to provide Parks, Roads and Police service. If Brookhaven is able to increase the number of company’s locating inside 285 by getting them to build in the available spaces along 85 from Clairmont to the City of Atlanta Line or inside 285 at the Perimeter CID it will increase DeKalb’s tax base and increase MARTA’s tax revenues and potential ridership.
Georgia is unique in allowing counties to deliver municipal services. In an uban setting a smaller government closer to its people is better able to deliver Police, Parks, Roads and Drainage, and planning and zoning services.
Unfortunately DeKalb doesn’t want to lose its power.

C. O'Keefe

July 27th, 2012
7:32 pm

The Carl Vinson study can be found on this page: http://www.brookhavenyes.org/study.php

Click on the link that says “Read the report here.”

C. O'Keefe

July 27th, 2012
7:33 pm

Go to http://www.brookhavenyes.org/study.php and click on “Read the report here.”

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 27th, 2012
7:49 pm

Tentherism on a local scale.

Where does it end?

G Mare

July 27th, 2012
8:02 pm

Kam, what happened at Jay’s? Are the comments shut down, or is it just me? I sent a note to AJC via “tell us about this page.” So far, only a ” we will forward to” message.

G Mare

July 27th, 2012
8:16 pm

Jim, apologies for using your forum to ask about Jay’s. I did check into your’s to see what was going on here, then saw Kam’s post. I will come back later to read your topic more closely.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 27th, 2012
8:21 pm

G Mare

I dunno, two years ago the same thing happened and it turned out that Paul did the report this comment thingie, and rather than take surgical action, the powers that be just shut the blog down until Jay came back.

I suggest checking in at Jay’s on a regular basis in case the problem is remedied.

Kris

July 27th, 2012
8:23 pm

I do not have JACKASS ( his name is Natie Newt) in this fight Poor Atlanta has been subdivided and divided, Taxed and re taxed. Speed trapped to death all in the name of what? A few RICH people trying to con people in to paying for their developments and CHEEP asphalt. Put Atlanta back together one whole place.

Road Scholar

July 27th, 2012
8:30 pm

G Mare: I thought Jay was on a week plus fishing trip! That maybe why it is not active.

Jobie

July 27th, 2012
8:38 pm

Tim Darnell? Is that a shameless plug?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 27th, 2012
8:45 pm

Road Scholar

Jay does this every year, but leaves a thread open. Last year was a record 5196 comments til he came back. The year before we got shut down half-way in (like this time) at 2000 some odd comments.

G Mare

July 27th, 2012
9:04 pm

Okay, Kam, thanks. Will let you know if/when I hear back from AJC. That is, I will if Jim doesn’t ban me. :) Jim, thanks so much for the use of your hall here.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 27th, 2012
9:11 pm

G Mare

josef, Keep and I are at Kyle’s, and the reception has been luke-warm to chilly

RAMZAD

July 27th, 2012
9:24 pm

You can defeat something, but it usually takes something to do that. I do not really see what DeKalb County has going to change the minds of those people who want to come out from under the yoke of DeKalb ineptitude and create Brookhaven.

honested

July 27th, 2012
11:48 pm

Chief!!!
This is truly embarassaing.
Two years of overt miscreancy on the part of the artificial city movement and you choose to enter into the discussion over THIS?
Would you like to see the emails from mis-Representative jacobs over the bogus CVI study?
How about the fact that the whole notion of ‘feasibility’ disappears if a certain ‘Gentelmans Club’ on Buford Highway is removed from the tax base?
This entire nonsense has been based on lies from the very first day, and the moment the professional liars get the tiniest little titbit of ‘information’ is suddenly becomes ‘news’ after being ignored like dog droppings in the neighbor’s yard for so long.
You know better!!

Dirty Dawg

July 28th, 2012
1:24 am

It’s past time for us to consider a consolidated metro area that does away with all the government – and tax digest – overlays, duplication of water, roads, police, fire depts, sanitation, schools, everything. Think of it…I mean just imagine how many local politicians we’ll be able to put out of business…and the tax commissioners…damn, why not?

vote yes

July 28th, 2012
1:26 am

Looks as though the county got caught.

Eddie's Mother

July 28th, 2012
3:23 am

Honested… That’s not your name and you know it! Your name is Eddie E. Haskill and I thought I told you to put your big, mean-spirited behind in bed! You’re a miscreant and you were sent to bed without your NO CITY PLAYBOOK… you know, the one with Kathy Gannon’s headshot on it surrounded by the elite team of NO CITY FUDge artists.

You have been caught and all the asinine comments you make to deflect it aren’t going to work. You’re grounded for the next five days and after that I’m sending you to the military school. They’ll teach your big beHind some manners!

Buckhead Boy

July 28th, 2012
5:04 am

Just more Balkinization of Atlanta making it practically impossible to address common needs through the haze of a cloud of parochial politicians.

Ex Republican

July 28th, 2012
8:53 am

I live in Dekalb by Brookhaven, I will be voteing NO.. I dont want pay more taxes.

yuzeyurbrane

July 28th, 2012
11:14 am

Stop being crybabies. Both sides are getting their messages out. Let the voters decide.

Ray

July 28th, 2012
11:53 am

Their is a tremendous amount of irony here the general public is not aware of. It was CEO Burrell Ellis’ own comments at a public meeting, when he was a Commissioner that set off a rage that eventually resulted in the City of Dunwoody. Commissioner Boyer was against the HOST tax, and Commissioner Ellis strongly was for it. After the HOST passed, Commissioner Ellis suggested that districts that voted against the HOST should get no allocation of the HOST taxes collected for capital improvements. I don’t think he meant it, but the statement dripped with sarcasm, and was seen as very divisive at the time, and not boding well for northern districts going into the future. From that moment on, Dunwoody activist plodded quietly behind the scenes to free themselves.

Ray

July 28th, 2012
11:57 am

Correction:

Their is a tremendous amount of irony here the general public is not aware of. It was CEO Burrell Ellis’ own comments at a public meeting, when he was a Commissioner that set off a rage that eventually resulted in the City of Dunwoody. Commissioner Boyer was against the HOST tax, and Commissioner Ellis strongly was for it. After the HOST passed, Commissioner Ellis suggested that districts that voted against the HOST should get no allocation of the HOST taxes collected for capital improvements. I don’t think he meant it, but the statement dripped with sarcasm, and was seen as very divisive at the time, and not boding well for northern districts going into the future. From that moment on, Dunwoody activist plotted quietly, stealth-like, behind the scenes to free themselves, with incredibly speed.

[...] reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (click to read), yesterday we filed an ethics complaint against the DeKalb County Government and [...]

honested

July 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

Of course, if the idiotic Brokehaven measure inevitably fails, there will be substantial loss to those who expected to profit handily from the enforced misery on their neighbors.
Didn’t we Georgians already vote NO on a measure to prevent private, for profit cities?

Already Vote No

July 28th, 2012
3:38 pm

because mainly a vote for yes is a vote for higher taxes. If the city was created last year, I would have paid around $500 in property taxes more (and close to $1000 when we move into a bigger house in the area), but wait there is more i will pay extra 2% in my electric bill, 3% in cable bill, if I had a landline I would paid 2 to 3% in phone service. For less amount of police we have now. Even with the extra money we would pay the city finances would be stretched to the max. With property values still falling for the foresee future, the city would not be able to fund the amounts promised.

The Brookhaven Yes folks know they are losing based on the promise of lower taxes which now is impossible so when they can not attack the message, they do the only thing to do to defect the facts which is to attack the messenger. (using funds which are around 44% from companies and firms who want to get there hands on contracts from the new city)

I also agree with the previous post that the Atlanta area is not served if we all go into our little fiefdoms that would get compromise in the future to get our collective problems solved.

There are even more reasons but I don not to bore y’all.

So wait to hear some personal attacks/lies on me now.

Wilbur

July 28th, 2012
3:40 pm

The balkanization of Atlanta is caused by arrogant and out of touch county governments who ignore the legitimate needs of residents and then stick a finger in their eye to book. Ask the folks in John’s Creek, or Milton or Sandy Springs if they are better off away from Fulton County? Poll Dunwoody to see if they are happier with DeKalb having less control over their lives?
In east Cobb, there is zero impetus for a new city becasue Cobb county has not demostrated the kind of shenannigans that have characterized Fulton and DeKalb county “leadership”.
If you want to see the reason for the balkanization of Atlanta, look no futher than the county leadership in Fulton and DeKalb.

Already Vote No

July 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

Let’s me clarify, that is $500 more in property taxes and $1000 more in property taxes if there was a city this year not a total amount.

ed

July 28th, 2012
3:46 pm

Taxpayers of DeKalb County need to awaken to what county officials are doing to them. Did you know you are paying as much Ad Valorem Tax on a 2009 model passenger vehicle as you did when it was new? How is this possible? With no fanfare the millage rate has been quietly boosted from 39.30 to 44.44. Instead of the tax going down with declining value it’s going up. Where is the tax money going? Certainly nowhere near any of the badly neglected road surfaces we travel each day.
Real estate millage rates were hiked 25 percent by Burrell Ellis, the vehicle tax has been hiked by the county, and Ellis is out beating the drums to lay on more taxes with T-SPLOST. Is it any wonder many Brookhaven residents want a governing body of their own, free of DeKalb County politics? I’m not a resident of Brookhaven but I am a county resident who’s hoping the City of Chamblee will soon rescue us from Ellis, Stogner, and the commission clique through annexation.

C.O'Keefe

July 28th, 2012
3:47 pm

Just noticed that the article by April Hunt, attached to the City of Brookhaven feature, about how DeKalb’s “…only options are to raise revenues, reduce expenses or draw down our reserves”, a quote from chief operating officer Richard Stogner, is dated March 27. I believe that Mr. Stogner retracted or revised that statement the next day. Would you please clarify this?

Already Voted No

July 28th, 2012
4:08 pm

First let me say there are some things that a city that might be nice but negatives for me outweighs the positives
Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are a little different. They were a unified group for independence from the county for many years. Both have large commercial tax bases to help fund them. Those areas always felt that they were different than the rest of County and probably should have become cities. Brookhaven is a group of areas that historically have not been though of as together. Growing up in silver lake area, no one thought we were the same area and needs as Buford Highway. I remember the real estate agents calling the are of Murphy Candler as Inside Dunwoody never Brookhaven. . So have an area that will have many competing interests and issues. I have never felt that Deklab has neglected me and my family needs in terms of the things that the city would take over. When I call the police they come and actually solved the problem. Roads are as good as anywhere else in Atlanta. (I did see a pothole in my area yesterday but I also saw potholes in Dunwoody and Sandy Spring, I drive around a lot) Dekalb has been a little hands off for this area because that is what the majority of the citizens wanted. Dekalb police changed the patrols earlier this year which has increased noticeable the patrol cars I have witness.

Wilbur is right it is about leadership, but that does not change with a city, that is solved by voting against the poor leadership not created new “leadership”

Already Voted No

July 28th, 2012
4:46 pm

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Brookhaven Billboard Hater

July 28th, 2012
7:36 pm

If anyone has a doubt in their mind about whether CEO Ellis and/or Commissioner Elaine Boyer have any connection to the voters in Brookhaven, guess again. They are both up for re-election in a matter of days, yet there are virtually no yard signs or indications anywhere in Brookhaven that they are running for office. It is obvious that they get support elsewhere in the county and DON’T NEED OUR VOTES, therefore they won’t support Brookhaven in the future.

No City backers, why is the Commissioner who represents our district not even bothering to spend time or money campaigning in Brookhaven?

No City Backers, why do you believe that Brookhaven is going to receive attention and support from our Commissioner going forward, when she does not live in our District? Hint: Nothing will change and Brookhaven will continue to get the middle finger from Dekalb County.

No CIty Backers, why are you not offended that our Commissioner received a $10,000 campaign contribution from the Billboard company she assisted to get placement in Brookhaven to settle a lawsuit elsewhere in the County?

Brian

July 28th, 2012
7:45 pm

I agree with “ed” on the Ad Valorem Tax in Dekalb county. I drive a 2004 Ford truck. I pay the same amount now as I did when it was purchased NEW in 2004. Which is way to high for a 9 year old vehicle. Something has to be done. Also everyone does know that Mr Ellis wants the tax payers of Dekalb county to buy the old GM plant which is in Doraville by the way, and be responsible for the 40 + million purchase price that GM wants for the land. So he can have his “pet project” put there! Dekalb county and there crooks I mean employees need to go!

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

July 28th, 2012
8:04 pm

This wealth redistribution stuff is tough work. We can not expect them to play by the rules, now can we? Not when their shining example is the Supreme Leader.

Then you throw in the swells at the Capital City Club not wanting to share their name – politics makes for strange bedfellows. Perhaps they should have called it “Timbuktu”, or my favorite would have been “Bugtussle”.

I have no idea whether Brookhaven will work or not, but I know nobody would hire the DeKalb clowns to run a hot dog stand. Vote “Yes” for Brookhaven – Power to the People!

E. Hill

July 28th, 2012
9:35 pm

I was already voting yes for brookhaven but a friend, who was adamantly no, told me about this story on Dekalb interference . It didnt really surprise me that it was going on but he was so angry that he was supporting No City ( financially and with volunteering) and they were playing this game without telling their supporters. He is voting yes even while still having reservations solely because of this.