We have quite an important vote coming up on July 31st. It is also quite important that voters have a little clarity as to some of the issues and personalities involved with both sides of this matter of incorporation. Brookhaven Yes has always posted the biographies of its board members on its website and we have held dozens of public meetings wherein we have been exposed to the back and forth of pro and no city dialogue.
For the opposition leadership this is not the case. It is easy to make misleading and sometimes false claims when one is anonymous and not subject to the scrutiny of the citizenry.
It is telling that in the one public forum where some of the opposition leadership finally decided to participate, some fireworks erupted when Chuck Konas of Post Properties displayed not a little frustration over the assertion that DeKalb County was involved in helping steer the “No City Brookhaven” campaign. This very paper reported some weeks back that the DeKalb county attorney/lobbyist Bruce Bowers admitted helping the no city campaign in which Mr. Konas is a co-chair.
“I’ve reviewed their messaging and tried to clarify points,” said Bowers. “I’ve been asked to suggest names and I gave them the name of (political consultant) Scott Rials.” Whom did Chuck Konas and his associates of No City hire as political consultant? Scott Rials. Where does “No City” get its laughable tax and police numbers? DeKalb County.
You also may have noticed a heretofore unknown “newspaper” lying (pun intended) on your driveway. Something called “a:Times News - The open variable.” This is yet another concealed attempt to manipulate and expose voters to unattributed No City propaganda. The “news” in this sham is mostly articles attacking potential Brookhaven cityhood. The paper was concocted by the opposition to try and fool you.
With the above in mind please consider the following: No matter what the opposition groups tell you there are three things every voter should know
• DeKalb County has confirmed that the revenue projections set for Brookhaven to viably function are more than adequate.
• Incorporating a city will not result in your taxes increasing as the charter bars a property tax increase without your consent in a voter referendum (don’t you wish DeKalb had a millage cap?)
• Police coverage will double, meaning officers actually on the roads preventing real crime. Unlike the way DeKalb sometimes assigns its officers, Brookhaven officers won’t be sitting at traffic stop signs trying to hit taxpayers with rolling stops to generate revenue.
There is a reason DeKalb County and, those in the opposition with special county relationships, don’t want us to incorporate. They know you and I can do a better job with the tax money we are paying to the county. They know we will do a better job paving our streets, making our parks more beautiful and usable, and making sure our taxes are lower.
The city of Brookhaven has the potential to embarrass the county into getting its ship in order. The county government would prefer we don’t send them a wake up call on July 31. They just want to keep sleeping in on your dime. Lets all wake up Aug. 1 empowered with the ability to steer our own new ship away from financial and governmental mismanagement and towards true accountability and fiscal responsibility. Please vote Yes for Brookhaven on July 31.
J.Max Davis is the president of Brookhaven Yes.
The Crier, via phone, email and in person, asked the campaign manager for No City Brookhaven for an “In My Opinion” article. We received no response.