Welfare of the county is more important than a new city

To the editor: Among the many issues that have become apparent since our last letter to the editor is that so many residents of the proposed city of Brookhaven have known nothing about the proposed incorporation. That became clear at the recent open meeting of the Senate subcommittee where we learned that the residents of Lynwood Park had been totally ignored in the frenzy generated by Rep. Mike Jacobs and his colleagues. We have no idea why this was so, but ugly suspicions remain. Equally perturbing is that there seems to be a deliberate lack of concern for the rest of DeKalb County. That became clear at the same Senate committee meeting where we heard a compelling, detailed presentation from county officials and a lobbyist. This supplemented what we found out earlier at [DeKalb County Commissioner] Elaine Boyer’s town meeting. The speakers there explained that a major reason for the recent county-wide tax increase was the loss of property taxes from the new city of Dunwoody. They emphasized that the incorporation of Brookhaven would aggravate this problem still further. We also heard that there is no way for the new city to provide a truly adequate police force to replace that of the county. The duties of the DeKalb County police force involve a lot more than watching houses and controlling traffic, and no force of the size planned...

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