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The Cta Pt of Town
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The Cta Pt of Town

Chamblee is going to need the largest tax base they can get. Enough to balance out the $103M they’ve given away.

What happens when Whole Foods closes and Peachtree Crossing is left empty? Ruh Roh.

http://www.ajc.com/business/why-whole-foods-now-struggling/aXDZgRVQWK6xj330JUyy5K/

Van
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Van

Please make sure you post the correct facts. Not sure where you have come up with the number $103M, but that is about 3 times higher than what has actually been given to spur the type of economic development that Chamblee is trying to create in their downtown corridor.

We should always educate ourselves on the facts before we anonymously post online.

Chambleeite
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Chambleeite
We should have known this was coming because our Mayor and City Council are out of control power mongers. They can’t provide decent roads and sidewalks to the existing neighborhoods nor manage the out of control traffic yet they want to take on more problems that can mismanage. I for one am glad that the Mayor and Council members are bringing it up this year because it will be the very issue that will be used to get Clarkson, Mesa and their likes out of office. Both Mesa and Clarkson are nothing more than hucksters that have turned their backs… Read more »
Jordan Fox
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Jordan Fox

Don’t assume that Mayor Clarkson and the Council are in the same camp on this one.

YCMU
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YCMU

There’s Jordan, kissing the rear ends of the chamblee electeds again. You know that they don’t control PDK, don’t you?

flubber
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flubber

The annexed area needs to pay Chamblee to do the annexation study.

Good Old Al
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Good Old Al

We know there is no popular support for annexation precisely because this “group” cannot even raise the money for a feasibility study. Even Lavista Hills was able to pay for their own. Save everyone some headaches and just say NO annexation. Don’t want or need you in our city.

Kometenmelodie
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Kometenmelodie

While this proposal seems more reasonable than last year’s ridiculous invasion, I’ll default towards skepticism. We need a thorough feasibility study and at least a few months consideration before we can decide on such a dramatic change to our small city.

I don’t begrudge the Northlake folks for wanting more responsive policing and other city services, but annexation isn’t the only way. If they have the votes, a smaller “Northlake Mall” city should be the primary consideration here.

21 Years in DeKalb
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21 Years in DeKalb

The justification for this annexation, “more responsive policing” is total rubbish. I live a few doors away from Mr. Oselette and he does NOT speak for me or anyone I know. They have been trying to talk this up since the last Chamblexation failure and NO ONE WANTS IT. DeKalb is not perfect but this effort is racially based, plain and simple.

Paul Tribble
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Paul Tribble

I’m perfectly willing to keep an open mind on this issue as long as the city of Chamblee has ample time to properly evaluate the pros & cons of the proposal. I will be closely following our Mayor & city council during their deliberations.

John
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John
I am very disappointed with the misleading statement you made regarding the lack of a feasibility study. You write, “Almost déjà vu from last year…the City is still being asked to figure it out for those aspiring to be “Chambleeans.” In fact, in a letter from the Mayor Clarkson that your paper received in 2016 regarding the annexation request of the LVH footprint, he spells out, quite clearly, the rationale for the City conducting an internal feasibility study. “City staff is best qualified to determine the additional resources necessary to provide the same level of service to an annexed area… Read more »
John
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John
I am very disappointed with the misleading statement you made regarding the lack of a feasibility study. You write, “Almost déjà vu from last year…the City is still being asked to figure it out for those aspiring to be “Chambleeans.” In fact, in a letter from the Mayor Clarkson that your paper received in 2016 regarding the annexation request of the LVH footprint, he spells out, quite clearly, the rationale for the City conducting an internal feasibility study. “City staff is best qualified to determine the additional resources necessary to provide the same level of service to an annexed area… Read more »
KDR
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KDR
First, if the city is interested in pursuing this request, there needs to be a careful examination of feasibility. Assuming feasibility can be demonstrated, the next step is for the commissioners to bring this idea to those whom they represent. They would need to fully process this request with their constituents, giving the discussion as much time as needed, in order to come to a conclusion about what the majority of the current Chamblee citizens want. If a majority are in favor, then it’s appropriate for the city to ask the legislators who represent both the city and the proposed… Read more »
Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

The goal was to do ansolutely nothing for an entire year, and then roar back saying, “it’s an emergency! We must do this! No time to think!’ when we are already well into the legislative session. They could have done this months ago, but are trying to avoid close analysis of their proposal.

Dan
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Dan
Marjorie, Not the case at all. What was the motto of the lavista hills movement? It was all about the urgency before the land grab begins. And that has been going on by tucker and Brookhaven since the vote was questionably defeated. Seems that investigation hasn’t been completed. Nonetheless, what it happening is what was predicted. The chopping up of what I was hoping stayed a cohesive community. And furthermore, what is your savior Thurmond got planned for his first 100 days in office as CEO? Haven’t heard squat! Why? Because it’s just More of the same. This county government… Read more »
Billy
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Billy

So Dan, create even more government? Is that the answer?

Dan
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Dan

Billy,
I would settle for one , just one, that works. The one we have isn’t improving or changing or shrinking, as it should be.

Billy
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Billy

So Dan, you can vote for more government or you can work to change the government you have. The choice is yours.

Dan
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Dan

I’ll pass billy. . Marjorie can fix dekalb. That’s her job and we are all waiting to see if all the promises she made about change with our savior Thurmond come
True.

Three Peas in a Pod
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Three Peas in a Pod

Jones, Ellis and now Thurmond. Good luck with that.

Billy
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Billy

Plus the elected big spenders in your new city.

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

Actually, there’s been no ‘land-grabbing’–there have been a few small annexations all sought by the landowners. Brookhaven’s was a townhome complex; Tucker annexed a bunch of neighborhoods that had been put in the LVH map against their will and one office park.

The biggest land grabbing proposal is the one proposed by the LVH folks themselves with this giant annexation. So I guess, kudos to them for warning us what their next scheme was going to be if their first power-grab went down in defeat.

Kelley
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Kelley

This is not a giant annexation. It is much smaller than the last annexation proposal. Why is it OK for Tucker to land grab but not for us citizens to request to be annexed into an existing city? I don’t get that.

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

Annexing 12,000 people into a city of 28,000–which as of the last census, only had 10,000 residents–is in fact a giant annexation.

Tucker is not land-grabbing., They are accepting 60% petitions from neighborhoods who clearly want to be part of Tucker. Meanwhile, you proposal can’t even muster 1% interest from the poor neighborhoods you are trying to seize.

Quit forcing your ideas on other people. You want to annex, organize a petition drive to use the 60% method instead of always trying to pull a fast one on your neighbors.

tom doolittle
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tom doolittle
Residential (or neighborhood) annexations in urbanizing areas have typically been accomplished on the street-by-street level. Even Roswell and Alpha’s dealt with pop increases on the order of 10% per occasion, however large the areas involved. This is a PEOPLE issue folks and the best way to handle it is neighbor-with-neighbor. Only one caveat to that: I assume DeKalb will fully “municipalize” within 15 to 20 years if done in dominos or can happen sooner and more orderly with a Legislative planning effort (an annexation map). If we get into a legislated process, that would be the only time where large… Read more »
Kelley
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Kelley

Accepting petitions while putting pressure on businesses in the area to be annexed. Not forcing ideas on other people. “Other people” are in favor of annexation, too.

MichaeL
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MichaeL

Oh Marjorie how I have missed your witless banter. I have no horse in this race (nor do you), but once again your posting whatever random idea comes to your mind and supporting a broken DeKalb government. Why oh why must you insinuate yourself into these situations? Oh now I recall you want to stay unincorporated with poor government services and force the same on everyone else.

Shameblee
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Shameblee

Can you imagine how you would react Kelley if Tucker submitted a map to annex 12K that included your street? Your head would pop off.

Shameblee
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Shameblee

Tucker has annexed neighborhoods and properties that requested to be added to the city yet the recycled cast of LVH characters that shamelessly accuses Tucker of grabbing property lacks the integrity required to request annexation one neighborhood at a time – just as their sworn enemy Tucker has done. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Kelley
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Kelley

No, Marjie, that was not the goal. Yes, we should have started gathering support earlier, but since the GA is in session, this was the time. NOT trying to avoid close analysis, we had close analysis last time and we’ll have it this time. We have been working for self-determination for years, so this is not a new idea.

Marge the DeKalb apologist
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Marge the DeKalb apologist

Go Kelley, go Kelley, go Kelley

Russell Carleton
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Russell Carleton
Time for some math: Chamblee’s budget (http://www.chambleega.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/114) proposes to spend $36,688,922 to provide services to its 29,231 residents (http://www.chambleega.com/index.aspx?nid=404), for a total of $1,255 per resident. Assuming the same per-resident expenditure, 12,184 more residents would mean $15,290,920 in new expenses. That’s not going to be the exact number, but that’s the right neighborhood. Mr. Benton was kind enough to point me to a map with me that contains the figures for the tax digest for the affected area. The total assessed value is $576,880,849. (The map can be viewed here: https://www.scribd.com/document/339246281/Tax-Digest-for-proposed-Chamblee-annexation-area-as-filed-with-the-City-of-Chamblee) This area used to be part of the former… Read more »
Seeker of Truth
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Seeker of Truth

Very creative math! It assumes the ratio of commercial and residential property is reduced at the same rate. Anyone paying attention is seeing Brookhaven annexing commercial property almost exclusively. Compared to the last annexation efffort it looks like they kept 90% of the commercial and only 30% of the residents. Wonder how the math works using those ratios?

Russell Carleton
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Russell Carleton
Let’s do some better math then. According to the map, the non-residential digest is assessed at $274,263,000. At a millage rate of 6.4 (Chamblee’s current rate), that produces $1,755,283 of revenue. Residential digest is $302,617,849, with 2,417 residential parcels. Chamblee allows a $30,000 flat homestead exemption, and we’ll assume that 90 percent of the houses qualify for it (a guess on my part, although one in line with other such calculations I’ve done in the past). At a millage of 6.4, that produces $1,519,096 in property tax revenue. Total property tax revenue: $3,274,379. It might end up being lower because… Read more »
Marge the DeKalb apologist
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Marge the DeKalb apologist

RC, I truly hope that no one in your life relies on your math skills.

Russell Carleton
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Russell Carleton

If there’s a mistake in my math, let me know. I am happy to take a look.

Herm
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Herm

Except your analysis ignores economies of scale, i.e. Chamblee has infrastructure in place that can handle additional population (eg. 911 system), and the costs per resident drop.

Obviously, you’re aware of this–yet you continue to push the fallacy that there are no economies of scale to be gained.

Russell Carleton
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Russell Carleton
The historical record disagrees with you. In the DECA annexation, the city’s population increased by 75 percent. Two years later, the city’s budget had increased by 74 percent. The annexation took effect at the end of 2013. Chamblee’s 2013 budget was for $14,543,124, and by 2015 it was $25,011,945. There are going to be cost efficiencies in some areas, but there will be cost multipliers in others. For example, Chamblee would likely need to establish a police substation in the annexed area. If they build it, that’s a capital outlay. If they lease, they’ll have to pay whatever the going… Read more »
cardsfan74
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cardsfan74

This’ll be interesting. I live in the subdivision immediately south and east of Shallowford/Briarcliff. It’d essential leave this area and Oak Grove on an unincorporated island. Wonder what strategy is behind that?

Kelley
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Kelley

Neighborhoods not currently on the map can request to be annexed in the same way the Westwood and Wanda Woods neighborhoods got into Tucker. Hopefully the smaller map will make the citizens of Chamblee more willing to be in favor of this annexation. It has turned out well for Huntley Hills and DECA, so I don’t understand the opposition coming from some of you.

Life Long Bearded Chamblee Man and Business Owner
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Life Long Bearded Chamblee Man and Business Owner

The why don’t you guys do the real work of getting 60% of the property owners in the area and request a 60% annexation method. It is absolutely insulting to ask OUR city government to do your feasibility study for you at OUR expense. Get with the program and get busy doing your OWN work. Us Chamblee folk do not take lightly someone wanting to come into our community and us having to do all of the work.

anyone need a shave
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anyone need a shave

Well ain’t that just a peach. Make this group pay when Chamblee already paid for studies and start ups of two previous annexations. Aren’t you special!

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

You lost them at ‘real work.’ Especially if it involves talking to regular people. They like to tell people what to do, NOT ask them what they want.

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

In other words, their plan is to swamp Chamblee in stages, instead of in one fell swoop, like last year’s plan.

Black helo warning
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Black helo warning

Marge, do you see UFO’s as well? You are a joke. No one in our area is looking to swamp Chamblee. Just go on lovin on your corrupt and inept DeKalb County. Drain the swamp baby.

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

I may be a joke, but I beat you, didn’t I Kelley? How does that make you feel?

Straight from the Horses Mouth
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Straight from the Horses Mouth

I agree completely Marjorie. This smaller map is just step one.

Straight from the Horses Mouth
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Straight from the Horses Mouth

Chamblee residents would be well advised to take heed in regards to Kelley’s comments above as this could be their ultimate end game. Steve Schultz lives just outside this smaller annexation map on the left. Ben Shakleford, last year’s large annexation request co-leader, lives just three streets away from this smaller map’s border to the south.

Do you really think these two major players in the Lakeside/LVH movement suddenly gave up their quest? I don’t.

Flubber lite
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Flubber lite

Marge, please don’t call yourself a horses mouth. You are a bulldog dammit.

Myates
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Myates

Hmmm…he represents 150-200 people of a population around 12,000. Wonder if any of them know he approached Chamblee. The bid for forming a city failed for a reason.

Flubber
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Flubber

Very, very good posts kdr and russell carleton. Why doesn’t this area annex itself to Doraville?

RAJ
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RAJ

What a joke!!

Flubber
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Flubber

What is a joke?

RAJ
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RAJ

Doraville government!!

Kelley
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Kelley

Personally, I don’t think most of the residents consider this area Doraville. The only thing that separates this area from Chamblee is I-85, and we now know that freeways don’t make a boundary. I have a Chamblee zip code and my mortgage papers said Chamblee, I do quite a bit of shopping and eating in Chamblee. Chamblee has a lot to offer and provides better services than Dekalb, that’s why I want to be annexed into Chamblee.

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

It’s a far cry from the way people like yourself talked about Chamblee when I was a kid growing up there! Fun to see.

Kelley
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Kelley

Marjie, I don’t know you, and you don’t know me, so that comment makes no sense. I didn’t grow up here so why don’t you school me on how people like me talked about Chamblee when you were growing up.

Marge the DeKalb apologist
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Marge the DeKalb apologist

Go Kelly, go Kelly, go Kelly

MichaeL
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MichaeL

Again with the snarky comments that I have come to love from you Marjorie. Keep that DeKalb Strong classiness going…

Flubber
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Flubber

You do not live in Chamblee. You live in Tucker.

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

I actually don’t live in Tucker. My address says ‘Decatur’, but I am outside the city limits. I did grow up in Chamblee, though. I was the Bulldog mascot for years.

Flubber lite
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Flubber lite

That sure explains a lot. Have you considered therapy?

Ellen
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Ellen

I-85 is all that separates you from Doraville.

Jean
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Jean

Van Please give us the real number$ on the DDA give away. Then we all will know what we are talking about. Also please discus the future impact on our schools budgets.

Fragilista
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Fragilista

Ask for a Chamblee DDA financial statement. See how far you get.

Van
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Van
@Fragilista. Not sure what you mean. I know the DDA has honored each Open Records request that has been made. Trey of the Post can confirm that all of his requests have been honored. @Jean. I hate to take the conversation away from the topic of Annexation, since the DDA has nothing to do with it. But I am a big believer in being educated about the facts, so since you ask here you go. Also please note that the DDA only deals with a very narrow geographical area designated by the city as its downtown. The DDAs function and… Read more »
Developers in Chamblee
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Developers in Chamblee

Thank you Taxpayers. We couldn’t have done it without cha! Oh, and we’d be remiss to not thank the children in DeKalb County Schools. Thank you for doing without as well. We love you!

Marge the DeKalb apologist
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Marge the DeKalb apologist

Oh the poor children. PLEASE, maybe the parents of these poor children ought to demand better leadership on the school board. Starting with the Super!

Jean
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Jean
Thank you Van for the DDA information. The DDA was just formed a couple of years ago, and in this short time the DDA has abated $33.5 million. My understanding is many more projects will be considered in the future — so how much money will be given away? Is there a cap? Couldn’t the future amounts be considerable, even – say – exceeding $100,000,000? The DeKalb County taxes we abate largely fund our schools. Since Chamblee is not the only city in DeKalb County abating taxes, shouldn’t we be worried about the cumulative effect all these abatements have on… Read more »
Rob
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Rob

They’d be better off doing this neighborhood-by-neighborhood by petition method.

Bill Lowe
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Bill Lowe
This can be done in a reasonable way. Business development people from Chamblee talk to the commercial property owners along the access road to see if they would like better services for their tax dollars. If they petition to annex, then adjoining property owners can follow suit on their own. Those that own property that they would like to redevelop in the future may find that the ease of dealing with the city is far superior in time to completion with construction permitting and inspections. Time is money and delays waiting for county inspectors cost projects many thousands of dollars… Read more »
Enuff Govt Already
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Enuff Govt Already
Another attempt to increase gov’t using 3rd world scare tactics by someone who sees gov’t as his answer to self gratification. Is this the same Oselette who was on the City of Stn Mtn Development Authority? The same old LVH group of 200 trying to speak for 12,000? Why the animosity to Tucker, a city on a better footing and far more financially conservative than Chamblee? “Don’t want to be left out on an island”; Chamblee is far more of an island by itself than Tucker. Tucker at least has a working relationship with the county. He mentions a growing… Read more »
RAJ
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RAJ

Sorry….this annexation is DOA because the Big Guys down town will not create service islands…..end of story!

no islands to see here folks
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no islands to see here folks

Islands RAJ? I think you need glasses. Look at the map again.

RAJ
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RAJ

Unincorporated service “island” North of Tucker and East of the annexation area. I have been wearing glasses since High School, but I will have them checked! Where’s Waldo….anyone else see this island?

Flubber lite
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Flubber lite

Nope, no island on this map. Time for a trip to the opthomologist, JAR.

Unicorp
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Unicorp

Aside from more government, higher taxes, and aggressive policing, I see no upsides to being annexed into the city of Chamblee.

Flubber
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Flubber

We agree. Chamblee residents don’t see any upsides either.

Dan
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Dan

Flubber is now the voice of all chamblee residents now. NOT!

Ellen
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Ellen

Dan, please take your meds.

Dan
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Dan

Keep your nasty railroad town Ellen. This side of 85 is way nicer and always will be. . Enough said.

just watching
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just watching

With “enuff govt” above complaining that CPD doesn’t do enough and you finding them too aggressive, I would say they must have found the perfect spot right in the middle.

Pete
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Pete

Ugh – who in this footprint would want to be part of Chamblee? Lavista Hills or Brookhaven yes,… Chamblee?? I don’t think so.

flubber
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flubber

^^^Moron who doesn’t understand that there is no such thing as “Lavista Hills” and doesn’t realize that property values in Chamblee are increasing much faster than those on the other side of 85. Go to Doraville!

Dan
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Dan

Hey flubber,
You mean from your value went from 100k to 150k ?? Woo hoo. You’re rich!
I’ll take my 300k home thats now worth 500k++ on the Good side of 85 Any day ! And no trains waking me up at night or small planes flying over all the time. And doraville is closer to chamblee than we ever will be .

Flubber lite
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Flubber lite

Don’t get out much, do ya Dan.

Dan
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Dan

I get out a lot. Just not to chamblee. Don’t really need a my car fixed and don’t really go to flea markets or need any used hotel furniture and I don’t take Marta. Oh wait. I went to lowes’once

Flubber lite
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Flubber lite

Sucks for you. But glad that you admit that you are clueless. Next.

Pete
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Pete

Don’t forget Walmart

Flubber lite
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Flubber lite

And Whole Foods, and chef driven restaurants, and new trails, and breweries, and mid sized cluster and infill houses starting in the high $700’s, and one of the states highest ranked high schools, and……

Ellen
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Ellen

The value of my property has DOUBLED since 2013 while yours has been relatively flat. Your jealousy is showing. Go join Doraville or Tucker, Dan. You only want to be part of Chamblee because a good portion of it is gentrifying as we speak. We are close to Buckhead, Perimeter Area Downtown, Midtown….all major employment centers that take longer to get to from your area than ours. Brookhaven is less than a block away from my house. Tucker is immediately adjacent to yours.

Guest
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Guest

Unfortunately the ranking of the high school is going to go in the crapper once it is completely redistricted in 2 years. If the magnet program moves, it will fall even further.

RAJ
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RAJ

Lowes is in North Buckhead! Anyone care to get serious about the future of this county?

Pete
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Pete

No , not a moron, just someone who voted yes for Lavista Hills but would vote no to be associated with Chamblee

Pete
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Pete

As far as property values, yes your side of 85 has appreciated well in the last year or 2, but you still have a long way to go..look up average prices of 30341 vs 30345.

Ellen
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Ellen

Pete, I’ll take a great investment that is quickly appreciating over a so-so investment that is not.

Rob
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Rob

30345 is on both sides of I-85

Dan
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Dan

Hallelujah Pete!
I liked the idea of cityhood, ideally our own, but not interested to be the nicest part of chamblee. Real estate values don’t lie! Drive down shallowford and head over the highway… Night and day! Sorry chamblee people, Brookhaven and dunwoody you are NOT! Not even close!

Ellen
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Ellen

Dan, you are a moron. Shallowford/DECA area is not at all indicative of Chamblee as a whole. I invite your to drive through the area of Chamblee that is west of Peachtree Boulevard and bordered by Chamblee Dunwoody. This is hot, hot real estate right now due to our location/proximity to major employment centers. Sorry you are so misinformed. Get our of your unincorporated, crappy police service bubble.

Flubber lite
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Flubber lite

Ellen is so high on herself while stomping on DECA/Shollowrord area. Sad. Did someone say something about forgetting to take their meds?

David
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David

What do they expect to happen with the neighborhoods left outside of the cities in the NE quadrant?

tom doolittle
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tom doolittle

David–there will not be any areas left unincorporated once the issue becomes one of “municipalization in DeKalb”. Soon. We will be forced to deal with a comprehensive Annexation Plan. The entire former LaVista Hills map will be divided up into five areas, each forced to go into a different city.

Dan
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Dan

Thanks tom.
That about sums it up in a nutshell! Well said.,it’s the future. It’s coming., love it or hate it. If dekalb was doing a good job,, we wouldn’t be having this conversation or any other. There would be no Brookhaven or dunwoody or people begging atlanta to take em in.

tom doolittle
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tom doolittle

I see advantages to having legislators either limiting annexations to an “opt-in” petition, limiting the size of elections to several streets or starting a municipalization land use process (maps) for the entire county. The latter takes away much of trust issue that is a legacy of the cityhood era and would hopefully have common sense public interaction and study steps. Ironically, it could even be the best way to make sure county governance issues are considered.

3 or more characters
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3 or more characters
Love, love, love how the DeKalb Strong group cares so much for South DeKalb County and Tucker that they did not utter a word or throw their considerable snowflake weight around during some cityhood campaigns. Yet a exploratory group wants to do a presentation to possibly annex into Chamblee and they are all up in arms. Someone should really look into DeKalb Strong and their biased opposition and desire to keep things as they are in some parts of the County, but not all parts of the County. Do they not care about Tucker and Stonecrest? There is more going… Read more »
Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

DeKalb Strong opposed both Stonecrest and Tucker. In fact, one of the Stonecrest leaders went ballistic on us for opposing Stonecrest. So check your facts.

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

It is true we ended up spending more resources on the LaVista Hills fight. Why? Because the bulk of our donors were in the LaVista Hills footprint and were fired up to defeat LaVista Hills. And a lot of that was motivated by the behavior of the LaVista Hills group, which was deeply alienating to the people in that area.

The fact that you are throwing around the right-wing Internet troll term ‘snowflake’may be an indication of why people don’t like you very much…and apparently, you STILL haven’t learned that behaving like jerks isn’t successful in getting you what you want.

Dan
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Dan
I think you should rename your organization democrats for north and central dekalb strong . You seem to care Less about south dekalb and only fought so hard against LVH because of where your donors and money were coming from. Your words. .Your motivation seems political and always has and our desire for cityhood or anythjing else has nothing to do with politics.. You can sugarcoat you and your organization’s Intentions all you want. Only fight for Causes close to the money and the donors? Is that it? Thought it was called DEKALB STRONG . I’m calling a spade a… Read more »
Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

If you want to start dictating our name, you need to make a donation.

And yes, We spent our donors money on the fight that most directly affected them. We didn’t have a lot of out-of-area contractor money to play with like LVH did, so we had to be more selective.

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook

And yes, we spend money on what our donors want us to spend it on. That’s called being responsive to the community. I know that must seem like a foreign concept to LVH people, who always just try to browbeat everyone around them to do what they want, without ever listening or seeking input.

Dan
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Dan

Margie,
Your slant is just way to political for me. It’s good of you to follow the money.,oops. I mean ” be responsive
To your donors”. You are a waste of time. I’m not into politics and conspiracy theories nearly as much as you seem to be. Just want better services. Pretty much all there is to it. . Will you still be able to be the honorary dekalb spokesperson and dekalb strong warrior if you live
In tucker city limits or that new city that’s brewin?? Doubtful! Bye Felicia! NEXT!

Marjorie Snook
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Marjorie Snook
I can continue speaking out on whatever I want, Kelley, no matter how crazy it makes you. Your crew has tried every way to silence opposition, make them shut up, tell them they are not legitimate, but it did not work, and you lost. And amazingly, you STILL haven’t learned. If you want to win on these issues, you need to be a big tent. You need to listen and to persuade. Your attempts to simply flex your power, without having to be responsive to the community’s interests, have failed, again and again and again. Your attempts to delegitimize anyone… Read more »
Dan
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Dan

Totally agree.,for
Most of us it’s
About better services. And always has been. Dekalb strong seems
To be politically motivated as they are VERY selective
About what they CHOOSE to fight and speak out against. . Guess if
It happens south of I-20,,they don’t care about it. This isn’t a political
Issue for most of us so stop forcing your views on US!

Flubber
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Flubber

One needs to look into lvh (aka Tucker) motivations for trying to annex into Chamblee. Are you trying to make Chamblee pay to repair the private neighborhood lake dams, to build your parks, to subsidize your road maintenance, to build new police stations, to buy new police cars for you, etc. You will cost $3 million more per year than you will generate in taxes. Now you are trying to shove this down Chamblee residents’ throats again. It didn’t fly last year and it won’t now.

Ted Gordon
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Ted Gordon

This does look like a repeat of last years LVH movement which was more like a hostile takeover. This year it looks more like a divide and conquer approach. If successful with this piecemeal annexation then there will be more votes to annex in the rest of LVH. I agree that it will cost Chamblee more than what Chamblee can benefit from. Dekalb should service the area better.

Kelley
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Kelley

Naturally, if other neighborhoods want to be annexed in later, they are free to do so.

Ellen
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Ellen

Not as long as the existing Chamblee residents FIGHT this with our government. We did it successfully last year and will continue to do it going forward.

RAJ
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RAJ

Correct. The area of proposed annexation, for the most part is a money pit. Having worked on more than a few LVH, Lakeside ,and Briarcliff zoning(the money)maps I can say this without question!

Kelley
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Kelley

No, there is not a To-Do list for Chamblee, no shady back room dry-erase board scheming going on. Come on, folks. Just asking for better services than we currently get from DC. It’s that simple. Just out of curiosity, where did you get the $3M figure?

Rob
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Rob

Point of fact, here, the neighborhood lake dams are solely the responsibility of the private citizens who own them. The dams and lakes are private property. Government is not responsible for their upkeep or repair. DeKalb isn’t responsible now. Chamblee would not be responsible either.

Kelley
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Kelley

You hit the proverbial nail on the head.

RAJ
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RAJ

It’s VERY profitable to keep things as they are when you are financed by Kathie and Jeff, the Czars of the Peoples Socialist Party……with luxury section 8 apartments for everyone while they and relatives are on the take from developers and shell companies doing business with organizations of property owners!

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert

Hope this doesn’t distract Chamblee officials from fixing the median proposal on Chamblee Tucker at the Olmstead and Walmart properties by adding the omitted midblock pedestrian crossing.

No crosswalk for you
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No crosswalk for you

Go back to Brookhaven and leave Chamblee officials alone or else. Jordan is following you.

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