Many thanks go to all of our neighbors who donated time and money to NoCity Brookhaven.
They stood in front of the seniors on fixed incomes and young people just starting their families to protect all of us from the increased taxes and risks of a city. They did this not for personal gain but because they cared for their neighbors and community.
We also extend thanks to our kind and generous neighbors who defended against the false promises of BrookhavenYES - that our taxes would decrease and we would have more local control, more police and more services. Everyone in these difficult economic times would like these things to be true, but beware! These are false promises, as shown mathematically below.
Last week, DeKalb County did NOT raise its millage rate. This proves without a doubt that the city will cost a lot more than what we now pay. The following chart illustrates the effect this will have on residents living in the boundaries of the proposed city of Brookhaven:
County City Total Mills
DeKalb County (2012 budget) 10.12 N/A 10.12
Brookhaven (as set in charter) 8.43 3.35 11.78
By comparing the county tax rate to the rate set in the proposed city charter that we will vote on July 31, we now have irrefutable evidence that it will cost us MORE to live in a city of Brookhaven than DeKalb County.
Our neighbors stood in front to protect us from the politicians, developers and registered lobbyists on the board of BrookhavenYES and from a huge political machine that gains financially from new cities. These companies are experts at outsourcing services for cities like Sandy Springs and Peachtree Corners. As they privatize services, they send local tax dollars to Singapore, Great Britain and California, including 911 call centers in New Jersey.
You will pay more but you will not get more. Only they will get more.
Our neighbors have stood against scare tactics of annexation that are also false. The Brookhaven Reporter, July 19, quotes Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, “We are not interested in your neighborhoods.” And to the question, “Will Chamblee annex neighborhoods in the footprint of the proposed city of Brookhaven should the referendum fail,” Chamblee City Manager Dr. Niles Ford responded in a July 20 phone interview, “I have one answer. No.”
Why the rush? Dunwoody had three studies over 10 years.
If you have any doubt in your mind at all, you must vote NO.
There is no alternative.