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Old 07-31-2012, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Sandy Springs)
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So it looks like the vote was 55% to 45% in favor of incorporation.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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Great news for Brookhaven in my opinion.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I'm all in favor of the people getting what they want, but I'm initially skeptical. Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have high density development to help support their tax base. Where does such a thing exist in the new Brookhaven?
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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I'm all in favor of the people getting what they want, but I'm initially skeptical. Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have high density development to help support their tax base. Where does such a thing exist in the new Brookhaven?
Who says they need that to be successful? Our little city of 10,000 residents doesn't have any high density development, and only a few small industrial parks, and we do just fine.

Sometimes is not about keeping your taxes as low as possible, but rather about having local control over how things are done. It costs me a few hundred dollars a year more to be in the city vs being in the unincorporated county, but in exchange for that, we get our own police department that is far more responsive and active than the sheriff's office, and we get things done far more efficiently. I've had the opportunity to sit on the planning commission, and will be running for city council in November- positions that are much harder to get at the county level, and much less politically charged.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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I agree Bob. Despite protestations to the ontrary, I know that eventually taxes in Dunwoody will go up. I don't see how it can beotherwise. But I SEE my tax dollars at work. The city said we'd have sidewalks last year and we got sidewalks. I see the increased police presence and speed enforcement. I think most of us arwilling to pay taxes as long as we can see the benefit.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Great news for the residents of Brookhaven. Always like seeing people get involved in their local politics.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Logic should dictate that eventually, one of these incorporation efforts is going to backfire and have a negative effect. Doesn't appear to have happened yet. Could Brookhaven be the first?
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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Can i still list my address as "Atlanta" even after "Brookhaven" is put up?
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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I'm in Dunwoody and stilluse a Dunwoody address. My zip code can either be Atlanta, Dunwoody or Doraville.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Who says they need that to be successful? Our little city of 10,000 residents doesn't have any high density development, and only a few small industrial parks, and we do just fine.

Sometimes is not about keeping your taxes as low as possible, but rather about having local control over how things are done. It costs me a few hundred dollars a year more to be in the city vs being in the unincorporated county, but in exchange for that, we get our own police department that is far more responsive and active than the sheriff's office, and we get things done far more efficiently. I've had the opportunity to sit on the planning commission, and will be running for city council in November- positions that are much harder to get at the county level, and much less politically charged.
How many of your services are subcontracted?
Would love to hear from somebody from Sandy Springs. I've heard from friends there that infrasructure issues are already coming up. No complaints from my old friends in Dunwoody, however.
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