A group of concerned residents whose mission is tokeep taxes low and government out of development have formed a group called the Brookhaven Redevelopment Referendum Committee (BRRC).

The committee is in response to a referendum that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot asking Brookhaven residents to vote for or against giving redevelopment powers to the Brookhaven City Council.

After studying the Redevelopment Powers Law (RPL), BRRC members state that a vote “no” is in the best interest of Brookhaven.

“The Redevelopment Powers Law is a huge, complex piece of legislation designed for ‘socially and economically depressed areas’- not vibrant, growing communities like Brookhaven, said Catherine Bernard, a local attorney and BRRC member in a press release from the group. “This referendum would mean more debt, more taxes, more bureaucracy, and more inefficient government control and cronyism at the expense of residents and taxpayers.”

The committee will hold its first in a series of community meetings on Friday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1347 Cartecay Drive. The public is invited to attend. The BRRC has also launched an informational website (www.brookhavenreferendum.org) to help answer citizen’s questions and give reasons why the BRRC is against granting redevelopment powers to the city council.

For more information, visit www.brookhavenreferendum.org.