To the editor:

 At the recent legislative forum, our state legislators Fran Millar and Tom Taylor revealed they favor adding a section to the Dunwoody city charter that eliminates the opportunity for a city-wide vote to fund the taking over of fire services from DeKalb County – they want the Dunwoody City Council alone to make this decision – only four votes necessary. Their feeble explanations to justify this charter change were complete rubbish.

Millar and Taylor mostly base their erroneous explanations on line items and categories on a tax bill – an irrelevant document. The only document that matters is the language in the current charter itself – our constitution – and there is no provision in the current charter that exempts fire service funding from the overall 3.04 millage rate cap that requires a city-wide vote to exceed under Section 1.03 (37).

Next time you see Millar and Taylor, ask them to show you where in the current city charter fire service funding is exempt from this 3.04 millage rate cap – they can’t because it does not exist. Millar also tried to slough it off as a difference of opinion – a statement with no basis in fact.

Let’s face it – here in Dunwoody, we play insider political baseball. Here is how the game is played. Millar may want a fire house closer to his home so he appoints his neighbor to the Charter Commission. Not satisfied with two years of incompetence including the ChatComm fiasco, the mayor and Dunwoody City Council want even more power and authority – so the mayor appoints his neighbor to the Charter Commission and the Dunwoody City Council appoints someone to do their bidding.

These three individuals are enough to carry a very controversial 3 – 2 vote to recommend this fire service funding change to the city charter – despite almost unanimous citizen opposition at many Charter Commission meetings last year all from citizens who simply want the opportunity to have a city-wide vote for the funding of taking over of fire services.

Dunwoody taxpayers are the patsy in this political inside baseball game better known as cronyism – we pay to play it.

Right now the citizens are down 3 – 2 to the politicians. However, we intend to explain these and other things at the state Legislature and in the meantime look under the table for a clearer view of other factors that may be involved. Stay tuned. The game score may soon change.

Jim Dickson

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.