Recently the president of Oglethorpe University opined that if Brookhaven incorporates within DeKalb, citizens of the new city will forgo their opportunity and obligation to support DeKalb County as a whole.
His opinion is curious to me considering he is employed by a private university that competes with public universities in the area. Even more interesting is that his employer recruits students nationally and even internationally – yet the university advertises on television as ‘Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven.’
Incorporating Brookhaven is not mutiny or secession. It is very simply a measured movement to have more local control over city services with increased efficiency.
The new city will provide police; parks; roads; zoning; and code enforcement. The county will no longer bear the expenses for those services within the city area. Less than 15% of residents’ local taxes will shift from county to the city