Lakeside Alliance Questions – 7/29 Meeting

On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 5:49 PM, Susan Bell wrote:

I am a resident of Victoria Estates and neither for or against the current city-hood initiatives at this time. I am very eager to get more fact-based information so that I may form an opinion.

Thank you, in advance, for hosting an informational meeting on July 29 related to Lakeside city initiative with VE and Mason Woods.  I will try to attend if work schedule allows.  Meanwhile, I have the following questions for both Lakeside and Briarcliff city proponents that I hope will be addressed at the meeting:

1. Has DeKalb County commissioned an objective study re: the implications to the county of past city “carve outs”, including Dunwoody and Brookhaven? If so, where can that info be accessed? Or is there a current such study underway or contemplated that looks holistically at the pros and cons of DeKalb County services integrated in county vs. not? And considers any unintended consequences? If not, has anyone associated with proposed Lakeside city requested such a study? Could multiple city “carve outs” result in death by a thousand cuts with county taxpayers till required to fund remaining debt service and operations?

2. Are comparative DeKalb County audited financials and /or budgets available for public review for time periods immediately before and after recent city “carve outs”?

3. What types of assumptions are used in the city-hood study that is commissioned with UGA and how sensitive are those assumptions?  Who “approves” or co-develops the key assumptions?  Does/can the study consider multiple scenarios using varying assumptions?

4.  Do we have a specific cost of any potentially redundant city positions (like mayor, xxx department chief, etc.) and/or are those addressed in the Study?  Is there a projected budget for city of Lakeside for 2014 or 2015–whenever first year would be?

5.  Is there any other fact-based research (whether locally or nationally) that shows key areas of city and county governments and which are more successful with large economies of scale and which need to be more localized? If so, where can we access that?

6. What is the track record of Dunwoody and Brookhaven as to property taxes since their respective city-hoods?  What other metrics (response times, safety, etc. metrics) are being considered in terms of measuring the cost/value/risk of city-hood vs. status quo? In other words, how we know if separate cities are a success?

Thanks in advance for any of the above answers.


Susan Bell

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