DeKalb County Defers Suit Against Dunwoody . . . Again

In a sixth deferral, the DeKalb County Commission voted 7-0 to again to table the decision on whether to a lawsuit challenging the incorporation of Dunwoody, deferring a decision on whether to sue until April 14.  Commissioners, spurred by the loss of as much as $16 million in tax revenue to the new city, hired former Gov. Roy Barnes to draft a legal challenge under federal voting rights laws that protect racial minority voters.

Commissioner Lee May filed the legislation authorizing the suit in May.

May has said legal grounds for a lawsuit could range from lack of racial representation at the polls to the distribution of funds from business and property taxes.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by shooshee on March 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Couldn’t you use the racial argument in the opposite way? Isn’t there a majority black votes in DeKalb who if allowed to vote on whether to continue to tax Dunwoody and then redistribute the funds around the county would certainly vote to keep the citizens of Dunwoody as a county cash cow? Wouldn’t that make the majority white voters of Dunwoody “disenfranchised”? They have been held prisoner by their own county for far too long. This is a microcosm of what is going to happen on the national front. If you squeeze your high income earners too hard for too long, eventually they will pull out of the system.

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