Updated and Bumped (with a poll showing that DeKalb voters would support changing to a more traditional form of County government with a Board of Commissioners and a professional County manager instead of a CEO) Toplines here. Crosstabs here.
A Guest Post from Tim Darnell:
When he was appointed interim CEO, DeKalb commissioner Lee May hit the ground running, attending as many town hall meetings and community gatherings as he could. His message is that DeKalb is on the mend, and is serious about solving the mountain of crises that have impacted the county over the last year.
Taking over the duties of indicted CEO Burrell Ellis, May is set to appear Tuesday night at Briarwood Park, in the heart of a community that voted to municipalize just last year, Brookhaven.
But as May struggles to regain the confidence of DeKalb voters, will there be anything left of the county to save?
Less than a year after Brookhaven became a city, several other DeKalb communities are studying cityhood. The City of Briarcliff Initiative has raised $30,000 to commission a study into municipalization. This comes after a similar Lakeside cityhood movement began earlier this year, which in turn spawned a similar movement in the Tucker community around Northlake Mall, a commercial area that is vital to all of the proposed municipalities.
After the GOP gained control of both the state House and Senate, the legislative atmosphere for communities wishing to secede became much friendlier. First came Sandy Springs, then Dunwoody and Johns Creek. Last year Brookhaven joined the club.
DeKalb still provides numerous services to some of the cities that have formed their own communities, such as sanitation, fire and 911. But as more voters debate the merits of cityhood, is Lee May fighting a losing battle?