But as DeKalb’s largest city marked its one-year anniversary since incorporation, another round of anonymous robo-calls criticizing Brookhaven’s leadership were being sent out.
The recording featured a woman’s voice, saying that, over the last year, city leaders have used taxpayer dollars for personal security expenses, legal fees and other items. Then the recording gave listeners an option to contact the mayor and city council directly, to express their displeasure, by pressing “1.”
The recording then ended with, “If not, then Happy Holidays.”
This isn’t the first time robo-calls condemning the city’s leadership have burned up Brookhaven’s phone lines. For several weeks and months after the municipalization vote, and as the new city was being organized, residents received automated calls that said Mayor J. Max Davis was planning to raise taxes through millage rate increases and other measures.
The city adopted a $26.3 million budget this past Tuesday that included a 3.5 percent pay raise for city employees.
In the meantime, Davis told AllNews 106.7 that the Pink Pony’s lawsuit against the city is still ongoing.
Earlier this year, the city passed an ordinance prohibiting alcohol service in adult-oriented establishments, which prompted a lawsuit from the Buford Highway strip club. Davis said he is confident in the ordinance, but looking back, he would have liked to had more time to discuss the city’s reasoning behind the law with Brookhaven residents.
The city has recently found a permanent home for its city hall – on Peachtree Road near Oglethorpe University – and a Buford Highway location for its police department.