Campaign finance reports released Friday, July 20, show the No City Brookhaven movement has outraised and outspent advocates of Brookhaven cityhood, backed largely by two wealthy donors.

The No City Brookhaven campaign raised $70,000 and spent $56,000, campaign records show. Pro-Brookhaven cityhood groups raised $48,000 and spent $32,000 not including in-kind contributions.

Records show the families of two of Atlanta’s wealthiest citizens—Thomas Cousins, formerly of Cousins Properties, and John Imlay Jr., an Atlanta investor – donated $37,600 to the No City Brookhaven Campaign.

Jodi Cobb, the group’s treasurer, said, “We have worked hard over the last several months and feel strongly that people will not choose more government and higher taxes.”

Records show Mary Ellen Imlay, John Imlay’s wife, gave $17,600 of the couple’s contributions. The Imlays live in Brookhaven don’t see a need for a new city, Mary Ellen Imlay said.

Mary Ellen Imlay said she and her husband are passionate about the issue and don’t think there is enough of a commercial tax base to support another city.

“Dunwoody has Perimeter Mall and all the Perimeter office parks to give tax money to the city,” Imlay said. “We don’t have that. We just have Buford Highway, and there’s just not enough commercial money there to run a city.”

The pro-Brookhaven cityhood movement, Brookhaven Yes and the Brookhaven Ballot Committee, has one prominent backer. 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, the largest single donor to the campaign.

Voters will decide on July 31 whether to incorporate a city of Brookhaven.

Keep checking for more updates on the Brookhaven cityhood movement.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misstated the amount of spending and the amount of fundraising by proponents of Brookhaven cityhood.

Dan Whisenhunt

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