Thursday, July 7, 2011

Odds and Ends

With taxes in DeKalb County about to skyrocket, increasing about $500 a year on a $300,000 home in Dunwoody (see Crier article for more details), now is the time to file an appeal on your home's appraised value, and chances are the county has over-appraised your home.  The deadline is July 11.  Click on Manual Appeal Form to download the necessary form.  It won't cost you anything to file an appeal.  Zip me an email at if you need information on recent home sales in your neighborhood.

Speaking of taxes, the poll I did on this blog's homepage asking you to vote on whether you were in favor of a tax increase by the city for the purpose of purchasing parkland and funding park improvements has ended.  A total of 48 people responded with 68 percent voting no.  The poll was very unscientific, but interesting to note The Crier is conducting a similar poll, and last I saw, 58 percent were against the bond with another 18 percent needing more time to review the referendum.

New License Plate

The state of Georgia has a new license plate on the way, and you can help decide what it looks like.  The state is conducting a design contest asking the public to vote.  Click on Design Contest to see the 8 choices, and to cast your vote.  I voted for Tag ID #6.  Thank you Geri Penn for bringing this to my attention. 

Parade Wrap Up

Kudos go to Pam Tallmadge and Penny Forman for another outstanding job in organizing the Dunwoody Parade!  The two give of their time selflessly - it's an amazing undertaking.  As a member of the DHA Board, I was a volunteer this year and had the unenviable task of keeping the parade moving once it hit the Dunwoody Village parking lot, as well as making sure no one parked in the designated areas of the lot leading up to the parade (you would be surprised to hear some of the stories on why folks "needed" to park there, and why they couldn't walk an extra 200 feet).  Needless to say, I didn't make many friends.

For some great pictures of the parade, click on Dunwoody Patch.  My favorite photo (below) is of Councilman John Heneghan hamming-it-up in the dunk tank, which, by the way, raised over $500 for Families of Fallen Soldiers.  A big thanks to Heyward Wescott for sponsoring the tank!

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