These consultants are also the root cause of new layers of excessive fees and regulations, and very low budgets for residential road repaving that will result in many residents never having neighborhood streets repaved in their lifetimes, despite upgrading their homes and paying taxes for years.
A new organization called SaveDunwoody was formed about 18 months ago to oppose this impractical agenda. It hasgrown to more than 850 members. Conversely, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, with a declining membership, no longer independently represents the interests of homeowners the way it once did.
While Dunwoody is mostly Republican, the DeKalb GOP is also a closed shop controlled by insider political appointees; incredibly, the DeKalb GOP chairman refuses to disclose names and contact information of members of the executive committee, even to bona fide members of that committee.
The bottom line is simple: Georgia citizens wishing to establish a city should be careful what they wish for. Beware of more political insider cronyism.
Jim Dickson has lived in Dunwoody for 35 years.