ABOUT THIS ELECTION
It is election season in Dunwoody and along with Mayor and Council elections, there are six questions on the ballot. I AM VOTING YES ON ALL SIX QUESTIONS. If you have questions or concerns, please email me at DunwoodyMayorLynn@gmail.com
Did you know?
- We have done this before! When we became a city, we received unspent DeKalb Park Bond dollars that had been targeted for investments in Dunwoody.
- Pernoshal Park, Brook Run’s Great Lawn, Waterford Park, and other park improvements are here because of the Council’s judicious use of these dollars. These funds were spent responsibly and as promised.
- Pedestrian connectivity has been a priority of our City since its inception. Trails and multi-purpose paths have been in every master plan since the very beginning. Before each segment of trail is finalized, there will be meetings with neighbors and the public (each segment’s width can vary.)
- The four trail segments included in the bond will improve walkability in Dunwoody, offer safe passage to schools and parks, and allow access to major commercial areas. Residents indicated that parks and trails were the second most important service that the city provides. Only the police/public safety scored higher.
- We will gain two new parks, pickleball courts, softball fields, multi-purpose and free play fields, a splash pad, bathrooms, and more. We will build a fantastic play structure and area for special needs adults and children at Homecoming Park.
- Without the passage of this bond, it will take decades to fully build out our plans. Our operating budget is lean and doesn’t allow us to invest in capital projects in a meaningful way. Passing the bond will allow us to continue to implement our plans.
- There are two ballot questions to renew the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and the Equalized Homestead Option Sales and Use Tax (EHOST). Both are renewals of existing one penny sales taxes (food and medicine are excluded) that do very different things. The EHOST is use to offset your county property taxes. SPLOST is used for transportation and public safety capital expenditures.
- Dunwoody has used SPLOST revenues, in the last 5 years, to pave 88 lane miles of roads, build miles of sidewalks, purchase equipment for the police department, fix intersections and other infrastructure improvements. This aligns with what we promised voters 5 years ago in how we would use SPLOST funds.
- The key message is that both taxes must pass or neither passes. If EHOST fails, you will see a significant increase in your property tax plus the property value freeze will be eliminated.
- The other three questions are about raising the property tax exemption for those over 65 and/or disabled and who are low-income. I support these initiatives because they will make housing more affordable for vulnerable seniors.