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State of affairs DeKalb CEO Ellis talks property taxes, annexation COMMUNITY 7

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Lisa Chyn, artistic director of the Lisa Chyn An Fong Dance Company, performs on stage during the St. Martin’s Episcopal School’s “Opening Doors to the World Through Storytelling” program on Feb. 1. Read the story below and see more photos on page 27.

City begins its first budget process BY MELISSA WEINMAN

St. Martin’s hosts storytelling celebration BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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Brookhaven’s budget proposal includes roughly $16 million for the new city’s first year of operations as officials continue to work with DeKalb County to hammer out final costs for police coverage and parks. “As was expected, our first year budget revenues are significantly less than they will be in our first full year of operations and revenue projected for 2014,” Mayor J. Max Davis said in a budget memorandum. Davis recommended adopting the maximum millage rate of 3.35 mills allowed in the city’s charter.“Though my preference is a lower millage rate, I do not feel that would be a responsible recommendation for our first year due to the high level of demands from years of neglect, the significant revenue sources not received

Chase Stewart stood beaming before his peers, rocking back and forth in anticipation of his performance. The first grader at St. Martin’s Episcopal School was the first in line to tell a folktale to his age group at the school’s annual World Storytelling Celebration Feb. 1. Stewart told the story of the three little pigs, animating the tale by building imaginary houses with his hands, and puffing his cheeks full of air as the big, bad wolf blew them down. His mother, Megan Stewart, stood in the back of the room, smiling with an equally big grin as she watched her son. She said she’s seen a lot of growth in her children through their participation in the storytelling event. Stewart said Chase and her daughter Devon, a third grader, have practiced their stories since December. She said she’s glad her kids had the opportunity to do something creative and perform in front

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