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Report Says City of DeKalb Would Be At Financial Disadvantage

Median income, home values would be below those of the county as a whole and most cities in DeKalb.

What would a "City of DeKalb" be like?

It would not be as affluent as DeKalb County or most of the current cities in DeKalb, according to a story in CrossRoads News.

The story told about a report from the Carl Vinson Institute (CVI) at the University of Georgia.

CVI’s demographer Matt Hauer showed that the median household income for the county as a whole is $51,349, while the median income for unincorporated DeKalb is $36,000.

Of the county’s 11 current cities, five – Avondale Estates, Decatur, Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Atlanta – are at or above the county level. Only Clarkston at $31,741 and Lithonia at $26,410 have less median income.

When a comparison of median home values, which are important to tax digests, is done, an even greater disparity surfaces.

Unincorporated DeKalb with a median home value of $158,000 leads only Clarkston with $148,400, Lithonia with $120,200, and Stone Mountain at $132,900.

Home values are about twice as high in Avondale Estates, which stands at $316,700. In Decatur, it’s $348,100; Dunwoody is $382,800; and Brookhaven is $337,000.

The CVI report was delivered Nov. 29 to a committee of state senators from DeKalb who are studying the possibility of forming a City of DeKalb from all the unincorporated areas.

This has been discussed before but the idea gained urgency because more cities are forming in DeKalb County, like Brookhaven.

Kestrel Larson December 01, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Maybe they need mile Jacobs to fabricate some numbers for them. Like he did in Brookhaven.
Ralph Ellis December 01, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Do these numbers worry you?
HamBurger December 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Mr. Kestrel, you got that right, nothing like Rep. Mike Jacobs directing Ted Baggett with the Vinson Institute the “correct” figures to use for his Brookhaven CVI study! Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger December 01, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Mr. Ralph, a better question would be will area residents question state elected officials why they are so intent on continuing to create new cities in DeKalb further fragmenting the county. What is their true motivation? And, will they demand that they turn their attention to making changes in county government and cleaning up the county school system? This business of folks that call themselves conservatives creating more government is simply crazy! Fix what you have, don’t create more government! Please pass the yellow mustard!
"E Pluribus Unum" December 01, 2012 at 06:09 PM
What scares me is that a highly motivated, influential few can hijack the political process for personal gain, get folks to buy-in to big bold promises, supported by flawed data, and create a new city called Brookhaven.
HDM December 01, 2012 at 08:06 PM
The motivation is freeing as many citizens of the worse of the DeKalb County Democrat bureacracy as possible.
HamBurger December 02, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Mr. Dean, shall I assume you started drinking early today? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Kestrel Larson December 02, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Please don't drink and drive.
"E Pluribus Unum" December 02, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Good PSA. Why would anyone do that? One more PSA while we're at it...please don't text and drive.
Bruce Mitchell December 03, 2012 at 09:35 PM
The sad truth is that if there were any truly creative republicans out there many Democratic elected officials in Dekalb county would be in trouble. Most Republicans in GA are either thinly veiled racists or one issue demagogues that only appeal to the ill informed or those who truly have a vested interest in the issue, which is usually a small % of the their electorate. This is too bad because they forsake many of the viable principles that could truly be of a benefit to progress for those who are on the periphery.

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