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Brookhaven hunts for police force, discusses excise tax
by Bridgette Bonner
May 02, 2013 04:54 PM | 1892 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brookhaven is on its way to creating its own police force, separate from that of DeKalb County.

City council members and Mayor J. Max Davis discussed hiring 50 police officers at last week’s meeting. The new city has been in an agreement with DeKalb County for the use of its police officers, according to spokeswoman Megan Matteucci.

The council tabled the discussion because lawyers for the city and county are negotiating prices, Matteucci said, but the goal is to have a full police force in Brookhaven by July 1. So far, the city has hired a police chief, deputy chief and sergeant.

Chief Gary Yandura said he is looking to hire officers who match the makeup of the city, including bilingual officers. Yandura and Deputy Chief Ron Freeman are recruiting patrol officers, sergeants, lieutenants and detectives.

The council also tabled discussion about an excise tax. The few high manufacture and industrial businesses in Brookhaven are paying taxes to DeKalb County, but the city would like to replace those taxes with a city tax, Matteucci said.

“It wouldn’t be a new tax,” she said, “but the taxes would go to Brookhaven instead.”

Brookhaven also used DeKalb County as a platform for setting fines for violations on restraining children in vehicles. DeKalb County violators pay $30 for violations for children older than 6, and Brookhaven violators will pay $25, per state law. For violations involving children younger than 6, Brookhaven residents will pay $55 compared to DeKalb County’s $60 ticket.

Council also adopted the county’s court cost formula, which determines the amount of money that goes to the city for the court, including renting the building and paying for the software system, Matteucci said.

The Brookhaven City Council will meet again May 14 at 7 p.m. at 2 Corporate Blvd., Suite 125 in Brookhaven.

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