To the editor:

In the geographical area known by most people as “Brookhaven” (by others as ‘No New City’), since early this year residents witnessed a very imaginative effort from some people to convince the state government to prevent the citizens from voting their preference in local government.

Opponents were unable to squash the idea in the legislative session. Gov. Deal signed HB 636 providing on July 31, residents who live within the proposed boundaries will vote on the proposal to incorporate a diverse city of Brookhaven within DeKalb County. If approved, Brookhaven will join Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville and others cities co-existing with their county.

Websites such as BrookhavenYES and others list the advantages of a small city of 50,000 people replacing some of the functions of a bloated DeKalb struggling with well over 700,000 people.

Brookhaven will still be in DeKalb. In fact, over 80 percent of our local taxes will continue to fund DeKalb and the state. Less than 20 percent will now pay for services from the new city: police, parks, roads, code enforcement and zoning.

It’s an opportunity to elect a small, local city government who live, work and play in the same neighborhoods as the people they serve.

YES, we should learn the facts.

Clayton Conarro

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