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County, City Fight Over Service Charges

Updated: 1 year ago.
Leaders of a newly-created city are working with DeKalb County officials to determine how much they should pay for certain county services. Leaders of Brookhaven — which incorporated in December — say $500,000 should be enough to pay the county for police and park maintenance service for about six months, much less than an initial agreement between the two governments. (Photo Courtesy of Daniel Mayer via Wikimedia Commons.)

Leaders of a newly-created city are working with DeKalb County officials to determine how much they should pay for certain county services.

Leaders of Brookhaven — which incorporated in December — say $500,000 should be enough to pay the county for police and park maintenance service for about six months.

A deal between city leaders and county officials in March initially called for Brookhaven to pay the county about $525,000 monthly for police protection, and $400,000 for 11 months of park maintenance.

In a letter to the county, city officials offered to pay $500,000 for six months of police service and nothing for help with the parks.

Officials say they'll continue negotiating, although the county is expected to finalize its midyear budget soon.

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