Rep. Mike Jacobs has announced a revised timetable for the possible creation of a city of Brookhaven. During a public meeting Nov. 17, he said the new timetable would allow the proposed city to elect its first mayor and city council in November 2012, on the traditional election day.
Jacobs (R-Atlanta), who in an earlier meeting had said the first election would be in September, said he would include the revised timetable in legislation creating the proposed city. If the legislation is approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor, it would call for a public vote on July 31 on whether to create the city, he said.
If the city’s creation is approved, elections for its mayor and city council would be held Nov. 6 and, if necessary, a runoff election could be held Dec. 4. The city still could open for business Dec. 17, 2012, he said.
Jacobs announced the change in a meeting at Montgomery Elementary School attended by more than 200 people. Earlier in the week, a similar meeting at Cross Keys High School also attracted about 200. During the meeting, he presented the results of a study by the Carl Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia on the financial feasibility of starting a city of Brookhaven. The study found that the new city could operate at a $3 million surplus.
“There are a lot of great things about DeKalb County that I love, but the reason I joined this board is I think we need more local control,” said J. Max Davis, a member of the board of the Citizens for North DeKalb, the nonprofit group that paid for the $27,000 study.
But some residents at the Nov. 17 meeting questioned the need for the city. “Would the new city of Brookhaven degenerate into a lot of zoning fights and not be the peaceful place we want to live?” resident Gary Leff asked.
And Jill Pohl, who said she lived in the Murphey Candler area, said she might prefer to be annexed into an existing city nearby to starting a new municipality from scratch. “I’d be very happy to join Chamblee,” she said. “Do they want me? I’d like to know before I have to make a decision over a city of Brookhaven.”