Campaign finance reports filed this week by groups for and against the city of Brookhaven revealed an incomplete picture of who is backing the effort against incorporation.

As of July 18, Brookhaven Yes and the Brookhaven Ballot Committee filed forms detailing the approximately $48,000 both groups have raised to promote cityhood. The groups have spent $32,000, not including the thousands in in-kind contributions, reports show.

The most visible anti-city of Brookhaven group – No City Brookhaven – hasn’t filed its reports yet, according to state records. The No City Brookhaven group has denied accusations that it is being supported by DeKalb County officials who are against Brookhaven becoming a city.

Jodi Cobb, the group’s treasurer, said those reports are likely to be filed on July 20. She said the grace period for filing is July 23 and said other politicians have done the same thing.

“It’s campaign politics,” Cobb said. “You file the last day of the grace period, not the day that it’s due.”

Only one anti-Brookhaven group, Ashford Neighbors, had filed as of July 18. That group has spent approximately $5,000 on its campaign, mostly raised through in-kind contributions provided by Golden Triangle Holdings, a company owned by the family of Laurenthia Mesh.

The donors list for Brookhaven Yes and the Brookhaven Ballot Committee includes contractors who have worked for the cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. The cityhood effort has also hired Sandy Springs Councilman Gabriel Sterling as a consultant, records show.

But one donor wins the prize for most money donated to the cityhood effort. Records show Patrick Hoban, CEO of Troncalli Motors and a Historic Brookhaven resident, has donated roughly $17,500 in both cash and in-kind contributions.

Hoban said felt he had to match the well-funded anti-cityhood efforts.

“People called me from Yes Brookhaven and said, ‘We’re falling behind’ and I said I’d be glad to help,” Hoban said. “I think it’s important there be somewhat of a level playing field and the competition be sort of fair.”

Only one anti-Brookhaven group, Ashford Neighbors, had filed as of July 18. That group has spent approximately $5,000 on its campaign, mostly raised through in-kind contributions provided by Golden Triangle Holdings, a company owned by the family of Laurenthia Mesh.

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misstated the amount of money raised by pro-cityhood groups.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com