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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: July 31 -- My Last Chance for a Better Future
July 25, 2012 04:53 PM | 1137 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There is rarely a time where one has the last chance to change their future for the better. The vote for city of Brookhaven is just such a chance.

The vote on this July 31 is your last chance, to change for the better, the way your tax dollars are invested and the way you are treated as a taxpaying customer.

A “Yes” vote means you or your neighbor will be a city council person that lives no more than one-mile from each other and you or your neighbor will represent no more than 12,000 people (your county commissioner represents 150,000 people and does not live within 10 miles of your home!). The new city council member will have an actual local and family interest in doing what is right for your community. This is your last chance for actual local representation.

A “Yes” vote means your property taxes are capped, by the city charter, and cannot be changed without your vote (i.e. your approval). DeKalb County has no property tax rate cap and in 2011, when county officials raised your taxes 26 percent, they neither needed nor asked for your vote or approval. This is your last chance to cap your tax rate and ensure that your locally elected officials have to ask for your vote to change it.

A “Yes” vote means your tax dollars stay local. All money for parks will be spent on the six parks in Brookhaven -- Ashford, Blackburn, Briarwood, Lynwood, Murphey Candler and Skyland. This is your last chance to avoid having most of your tax dollars being spent in Stone Mountain or south DeKalb.

A “Yes” vote means you will no longer have to swerve around potholes and metal plates that have plagued roads such as Dresden, Silver Lake Drive, Stratfield Drive and North Druid Hills for year. This is your last chance to create a new city of locally elected officials that will fix DeKalb’s neglected roads because they drive on them too!

History repeats itself. There is rarely an exception. DeKalb has continued to fail.

July 31 is your last chance at a better future.

Vote “Yes” for city of Brookhaven on July 31.

John Clockadale

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