Burrell Ellis give me yet another reason to support a City of Brookhaven

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has proposed a 2012 budget that increases spending in the midst of the worst economic downturn in my lifetime.

“This budget is a conservative and responsible budget,” Ellis said. “It emphasizes the highest level of services for the lowest cost to our taxpayers.”

Really? The highest level of service you can muster is an 18-minute 911 response? The Peoples’ Republic of Chamblee turns out their 911 calls in three minutes for fewer dollars of property tax money.

For voters in the potential City of Brookhaven who have seen our DeKalb County Commission raise the millage rate by 26% this year without a single member of the Commission living in Brookhaven, we can do better.

More police officers on the street, parks funded at a level comparable to the award-winning Roswell and Johns Creek park systems, and a property tax cut to boot. What’s not to like?

While I’m at it, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Ellis or some member of the DeKalb Commission will suggest another property tax increase during 2012. Mark my words.


  1. seekingtounderstand says:

    Whats not to like……..Roswell is a santuary city. two sets of laws, one for citizens and one
    for illegal aliens law breakers who are released. Mayor Wood has rasied the costs of parks and other award winning items to where its unaffordable. He would have put them in debt prior to leaving office if he had had to opportunity.

  2. NoTeabagging says:

    The same Dekalb county that re-assessed a huge chunk of their residential property at less than 50% of the previous years value, whined that they had no revenue, then upped the tax rate. Oh yeah, smart. NOT.

  3. bgsmallz says:

    This is my favorite part…

    “Commissioner Jeff Rader, who was among those who agreed to the tax hike in light of plunging real estate values, said he wanted to see at least a symbolic reduction to the 4-mil hike this summer.

    ‘It’s about direction,’ Rader said. ‘I’d like to see the millage rate going down, if it just at a marginal level.'”

    What the h-e-double-l is a ‘symbolic’ reduction? Radar is such an idiot. Why doesn’t he just say, “I don’t really want to cut spending or lower taxes, but I need a symbolic gesture because we need some sort of ammunition against Brookhaven becoming a city.” Here is a thought…if you really cared about the ‘direction’, don’t vote for a 26% tax hike, dummy!

    And to anyone out there that has heard the calls for a ‘study’ on the impact of DeKalb, just remember this….the DeKalb county CEO doesn’t give a rat’s behind what a study says…they had a study done last year by Georgia State which “found DeKalb’s staff is bloated when compared to Gwinnett and Cobb.” They ignored it and continue to ignore it. A study is only worth the time and money if you are ready to act upon the results…I’m glad Brookhaven is ready to act upon the study done by the Citizen’s group.

    Brookhaven Now!

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