Inside Making room? City preparing to annex Century Center community 2
Support system AdvancED CEO spells out school board’s role commentary 6
july 12 — july 25, 2013 • vol. 5 — NO. 14
Welcome to our world
Finding fungi Discover delectable treats on your trees around town 7
Play days There’s more to summer than just the beach out & about 10
Ring tone Heritage Sandy Springs to offer 15-minute weddings community 14 phil mosier
Haven Somerson, 7, left, with her sister Jossie, 9, bring a little “ta-da” to Ashford Park Movie Night on June 29. Local movie-lovers had a chance to grab some free popcorn and check out “The Princess Bride” on the inflatable big screen. Another photo on page 3.
Fight continues over cost of services
City Council sets first tax rate
By Melissa Weinman
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By Melissa Weinman
Brookhaven and DeKalb officials have yet to reach an agreement on how much the city is to pay for police and parks services the county has provided for the past six months. On July 9, Brookhaven City Council again deferred a vote on an intergovernmental agreement with DeKalb County after City Manager Marie Garrett reported she had not received any word from county officials about the city’s most recent offer. “I’m running out of patience,” Councilman Joe Gebbia said. Strained negotiations between the two jurisdictions came to a
Brookhaven City Council has set the city’s first tax rate at 2.85 mills. Council voted unanimously to approve that number, which is less than the 3.35 rate that was originally included in the city’s 2013 budget. “I think it’s lean, it’s efficient, it’s a good start,” said Mayor J. Max Davis. “Hopefully we can go lower next year.” Property taxes are calculated by multiplying a property’s assessed value and the millage. One mill is equal to $1,000 of taxable property.
see city, page 19
see council, page 19
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