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Old 08-01-2012, 10:06 AM
 
Location: 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.
We're talking about the largest city in DeKalb County as of today. Best of luck to them.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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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?
It already has, in Peachtree Corners. They completely underestimated how much it would cost to run a city.....
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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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.
We're talking about the largest city in DeKalb County as of today. Best of luck to them.
None- we have city employees in all departments. We didn't do like Sandy Sprngs and hire a firm to run ll the city departments.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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That's great news, and Brookhaven will benefit greatly from it.

It's so much easeir to get things done at a local city hall than to go down to that nasty Dekalb county government complex.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:21 AM
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That's great news, and Brookhaven will benefit greatly from it.

It's so much easeir to get things done at a local city hall than to go down to that nasty Dekalb county government complex.
That's true, but who needs to go to city hall in the first place? I lived in dekalb for 38 years and I only set foot in the county office one time.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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Anytime you need to get a building permit, find out about previous land use, if you want to start your own small business, there are lots of reasons why people need to interact with local governments.

A small city is very helpful. Not only are they easy to deal with, they can help you in dealing with the county when you have to do that.

If you are a civic minded person, it's also much easier to get an audience with your city than county when it comes to making suggestions for changes or maybe even spearheading a project yourself.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Can i still list my address as "Atlanta" even after "Brookhaven" is put up?
Only those companies and residents within the city limits should have the privilege of using Atlanta in their address. Not fair that Perimeter Center uses Atlanta, but does not pay City of Atlanta taxes.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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Only those companies and residents within the city limits should have the privilege of using Atlanta in their address. Not fair that Perimeter Center uses Atlanta, but does not pay City of Atlanta taxes.
I'll address this point in a second, but first....

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!! Are you for real??????? The PRIVILEGE of using Atlanta in your address?????? Really?????? Nobody cares about your address anymore, it's just for the post office!!!!!!!!!

Which brings me to the answer. Addresses are strictly for the post office, thus your address is whatever city's post office services you. That's why a huge portion of Cobb county puts "Marietta" in their address instead of "Unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia." And guess what? They don't pay Marietta city taxes. Yet, they magically get the DISTINCT PRIVILEGE of using Marietta in their address.

You, cqholt, are a piece of work. You're an alien from another planet, but a piece of work just the same
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:05 PM
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Anytime you need to get a building permit, find out about previous land use, if you want to start your own small business, there are lots of reasons why people need to interact with local governments.

A small city is very helpful. Not only are they easy to deal with, they can help you in dealing with the county when you have to do that.

If you are a civic minded person, it's also much easier to get an audience with your city than county when it comes to making suggestions for changes or maybe even spearheading a project yourself.
I agree that smaller is easier to deal with, but you can do most of that stuff online now.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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You, cqholt, are a piece of work. You're an alien from another planet, but a piece of work just the same
No, just from another state. All I'm saying is why should companies outside of Atlanta get to use the world-wide distinction of Atlanta on the address if they choose to locate outside of the city limits. Nobody knows where Sandy Springs, Alpharetta are outside of Georgia. My company is in Dunwoody, but the address says Atlanta. Dunwoody is now a city so my company should use Dunwoody and quit trying to piggyback on the distinction of Atlanta.
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