inside Land grab lawmakers growing weary over cityhood movement? COMMUNITY 2
Year in review City was formed, Pink Pony sues, and more COMMUNITY 4-5
dec. 27, 2013 — jan. 9, 2014 • voL. 5 — no. 26
Our top photo picks for 2013
Farewell, Eva Rep. Wendell Willard sings mayor’s praises COMMENTARY 6
King for a day Celebrate holiday season with a Mexican ﬂair OUT & ABOUT 14-15
New digs Police HQs moving to Buford Highway COMMUNITY 21 PHoTos BY PHil mosieR
Reporter Newspapers strives to give readers a variety of in-depth news and community coverage throughout the year, accompanied by compelling visuals. We’ve taken a careful look through the archives and selected some of our favorite images captured by photographer Phil Mosier over the past 12 months. These include: Above, left, in “Give it a spin,” Ritch Fusakio helps “turn over” the engine on a B-17 aircraft at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, during the nonprofit Liberty Foundation’s event. Above, center, “Hitting the field - of screen,” from left, Brooks Bowling, Hugh Carter, Billy Gingrey, Bryce Bowling and Luke Gingrey, enjoy video games before Buckhead Baseball’s Opening Day festivities. Center, below, “It’s cool in the pool,” Olivia Langell, left, and Caroline Seelke, members of The Branches “Gators” swim team, get ready for action. Right, “Walking on water,” Samantha Black intently listens to paddleboarding instructions at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. To see more of our 2013 cover photos, go to pages 16-17.
2014 city budget includes raises for employees By MeliSSa WeinMan
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Brookhaven approved a budget for 2014, which includes raises for city employees. The $26.3 million budget maintains a 2.85 mill property tax, the same as in 2013. The proposed 2014 budget went down by about $300,000 before it was adopted,
mostly due to the removal of revenue that would have come from the Century Center annexation. Brookhaven dropped its bid to annex the office complex after it was approved as part of an annexation referendum into the city of Chamblee.
City Manager Marie Garrett’s contract is still under negotiation. In 2013, her salary was $170,000. The approved 2014 budget includes a total of up to $365,000 for salaries for the city manager and an assistant city manager, who has not yet been hired. According to the city, the salary range for the assistant city manager will be between SEE BROOKHAVEN’S, PAGE 22
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