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JAN. 10 — JAN. 23, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 1
Boys’ day out
Forming new DeKalb cities could decrease HOST
Winter 2014 PAGES 11-26
BY MELISSA WEINMAN
As Brookhaven rounded out its first year as a city, officials happily announced plans to begin paving roads and building sidewalks. “This is really, in my mind, one of the main reasons for cityhood,” said Mayor J. Max Davis. “Now you’re actually seeing the results of your city and your tax dollars at work. It really does hit home for me about what this city is all about.” Brookhaven will complete the roadwork using a portion of approximately $5 million it received this year from a DeKalb County sales tax called HOST, which stands for Homestead Option Sales Tax. HOST funds make up nearly one-fifth of the city’s total budget of $26.3 million.
Century Center still without a home COMMUNITY 3
Battle on Pink Pony strip club ‘not going away’ COMMUNITY 5
SEE FORMING, PAGE 32
Lawmakers have packed agenda heading into new year
Dunwoody man rides across Israel raising funds MAKING A DIFFERENCE 8-9
BY JOE EARLE AND MELISSA WEINMAN
MLK’s home, church part of downtown tour
North DeKalb lawmakers plan to be busy after the state Legislature convenes Jan. 13. They’re proposing a stack of new laws that, if approved, could create new cities, amend the state constitution to allow “new cities” to start school systems, amend Dunwoody’s charter to allow the city to collect money to finance a fire department, should it ever want one. The problem? Lawmakers may run out of time. “It’s going to be a very compressed session, just from a time standpoint,” said Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody. The session still will cover the usual 40 legislative days, but those days likely will be squeezed into a shorter piece of
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Colorful history Brookwood Hills featured in book COMMUNITY 36
Vincent Hughes and son Oscar, 2, were the only ones enjoying Doc Magnet Memorial Aviation Park, located within DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, during a dreary Jan. 5. The park includes a playground, covered picnic shelter in the shape of a hanger and benches to watch ﬂights.
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