The first of two hearings on Brookhaven cityhood is Tuesday, January 31. Legislators are hoping to hear from citizens on both sides of the local control issue.
Members of the cityhood advocacy group, Brookhaven Yes, think they will have no trouble convincing their neighbors to vote for more local control.
Group president J. Max Davis II, an attorney and namesake son of a late conservative state representative who touted that he never voted for a tax increase, said many DeKalb residents already feel the county is too bloated.
Those in Brookhaven want to reinforce that idea by voting for cityhood, he said. But the first goal is convincing lawmakers to allow the July 31 referendum.
“Our motto is ‘better services, lower taxes,’ but before we can discuss why we think we can do a better job of spending our money than the county, we have to get the right to vote,” Davis said.
The DeKalb County government, meanwhile, is officially lobbying for any vote to be delayed, so that more time could be spent studying what losing Brookhaven would mean for county coffers.
The revenue hit DeKalb would take is estimated to be a little over that of the Dunwoody defection, which totaled $20 million.
No wonder the county is urging delay.
In the meantime, make yourself heard. The hearing is at 3 p.m. in room 341 of the state Capitol.