Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Open Letter To Citizens of Dunwoody

Friends, Neighbors and Fellow Citizens of Dunwoody,

I am announcing my candidacy for the District 2 (Local) council position for the new city of Dunwoody.

Dunwoody – the Springfield subdivision to be specific - has been my home for the last 15 years. My wife Rita and I have raised our two children, Jack, 9, and Danielle, 6, here, and hope to raise our grandchildren here as well. This is a community that I am very proud to call home. Now it is my turn to serve the community that has served me so well.

My vision for Dunwoody is one of a small government enhancing the quality of life rather than intruding on it. My vision is of a city with low taxes - not only residential property taxes but the taxation on thriving local businesses. Single family homes will continue to dominating the landscape. Our police force will become a pillar of our community. And while we will not have direct control over our schools, we will work hand-in-hand with DeKalb County to do what is best for ALL of our children.

I’ve tried to shine a bright light on Dunwoody during my 20 years as a sportscaster for CNN and Fox Sports Net, as a local real estate consultant with Keller Williams and as an active member of All Saints Church. I hope to do the same as your councilman.




hr59 said...

This is fantastic!
You will be a great representative for the community. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help the cause!
Hammond Reynolds
Executive Producer
FSN South / SportSouth

Thaddeus Osbourne Dabell (TOD) said...

You say, and I quote "My vision is of a city with low taxes - not only residential property taxes but the taxation on thriving local businesses." Sounds great.

Let me preface my comment/question with the observation that Dunwoody was sold to the voters on a few compelling principles. First was the notion that we've suffered taxation without representation. The second is that the city will be viable without an increase in taxes. Carl Vinson told us so.

But there is a new tax that is the number 2 revenue item in the CVIG study. (Let's not argue semantics. When a government decides one way and money comes out of my account and goes into theirs, but if they decide otherwise, I keep my money and they get nothing, then we're talking tax). And, it violates both the principle of taxation w/o representation (we'll get some money from folks far away from Dunwoody) and it is a new tax. Trust me, citizens will notice that it costs more having the city than it would without it.

So...what is your position on franchise fees, in particular, the 800 pound gorilla: Georgia Power franchise fees?