BROOKHAVEN, GA – MAY 20 (UPDATED**)
On Friday, May 17th, the City of Brookhaven sent out a Press Release titled, “Brookhaven Businesses to Offset Street Lighting Costs.” (here)
Several readers sent in questions, so The Brookhaven Post made a list and sent them in to the City for answers.
We received a quick response from Public Works Director, Richard Meehan, via the City’s Communication Director.
From the Press Release: “The residential fee, which has been in place since the 1950s, will not change for homeowners. In both 2013 and 2014, they will be billed at the same rate that DeKalb had previously assessed, which varies from 40 to 90 cents per frontage foot. Commercial property owners who have not been charged will see the fee of 40 cents per frontage foot assessed on their 2014 tax bill.”
- The street light rate for each residential district was set by DeKalb County based on the cost of the street lights within that district. Some districts either have more lights in proportion to the length of roadway or they have post mounted light poles (separate from the lights mounted on power poles), which have a higher cost per fixture. When setting the rate for the commercial properties outside the existing residential districts, it was the council’s decision to charge a rate equal to the lowest rate paid by the residential districts which is the 40 cents per frontage foot. The resolution also includes a provision for an annual audit of the streetlight program costs and revenues.
**UPDATE: “We anticipate that in 2014, we will be bringing on all commercial districts and that all assessments on city street lights will be lowered.” City Manager Marie L. Garrett
And is the new street light revenue from commercial properties (after added to the homeowner revenue) going into the General Fund or a special Street Light fund?
- Right now all street light revenues and street light costs are in the general fund budget. The city may consider setting up a separate enterprise fund for these funds.
What are the requirements to be in a street light district as a homeowner?
- Residents of a public street that wish to add street lights can petition the city to create the district and agree to pay the annual street light fee based on the cost of the lights for their street. At least 51 percent of the property owners of the street(s) wishing to be added must sign the final petition. Residents can contact the city’s Public Works Department for detailed information and the petition forms.
What are the requirements to get out of a streetlight district as a homeowner?
- There are no provisions for an individual property owner to get out of a district. The property owners of and existing streetlight district can petition the city to have the street lights removed and the district terminated. 51% of the property owners of the entire existing district would need to sign the petition.
If a homeowner has a problem with a street light – such as a leaning or broken pole or a burnt out bulb, who do they call and what is the contact information? See Click Fix applies to this also?
- Georgia Power is responsible for the maintenance of the light poles, fixtures, and bulbs. Ant issues should be reported directly to Georgia Power at 888-891-0938 or www.georgiapower.com. There is a link on their website for reporting streetlight outages (“Report Outages: button). Residents can also contact the Public Works Department or submit outages through SeeClickFix and we will forward on to Georgia Power.
How to contact Public Works: