The county is broke. So broke in fact the commissioners stole 40 million dollars from the green space fund. A violation of the law, by the way.
Now property tax projections for 2012 are worse than anticipated, even after property taxes were raised 26% in 2011. The commissioners are gearing up for a struggle with the 2012 budget. It looks like the city of Brookhaven is a go in 2013.
The commissioners are standing around scratching their heads with fingers inserted into orifices of their body wondering what to do. The only idea to surface so far is doubling our pension contribution and switching new workers to a defined contribution retirement plan.
Not one single commissioner is suggesting following the guidelines of the famed Georgia State University study, which partly suggest the county reduce its workforce by as many as 909 positions, 33 percent of which are in Burrell Ellis' office.
Brace yourselves not only for the increase in pension contributions, but the lose of more paid holidays in conjunction with furlough days, all the while Burrell, his staff and the commissioners eat steak.