"Jim Dupree, a former Parks and Recreation Coalition of Brookhaven board member opposing the parks bond, said the city’s message that no parks funding will happen unless the parks bond is approved “feels almost like extortion.” “It may fail,” he said of the bond, “so why is the city essentially holding the citizens hostage? There are other sources of revenue that can be used for parks.”
~"Brookhaven parks bond heads to Nov. 6 ballot with support, skepticism" by Dyana Bagby, Brookhaven Reporter
Terrell Carstens, a Brookhaven citizen, wrote on Nextdoor.com: "Some insight from someone who has been participating and paying attention. My focus and overview is always city wide and not just concerning one particular part of town or project. I have been involved in our parks since long before city hood. It is not a correct statement that Lynwood Park has not received any capital improvements. They may not have been what some may have particularly wanted but there have been many and there are many more needed and deserved. Lynwood Park is not planned to receive an all season pool now. That was a part of the old Master Plan. The current plan all of a sudden appeared at the last minute. There were no public meetings or input involving the new plan. It is unknown to me as to who and how this new plan was derived. It will not take us 20 years to complete the Master Plans if the bond does not not pass. The mailboxes in the middle of the sidewalk were done by the city and at the last council meeting was discussed, noted, and will not likely happen again. We actually have 15 parks/greenspace not 11. Plus we have 3 other greenspace parcels we have acquired along with all of the land we have accumulated for the Peachtree Creek Greenway. In 5 short years we completed Clack's Corner, Skyland, ½ of Georgian Hills, Murphy Candler II is fully funded outside of the bond for completion per the city, acquired Ashford Forest Preserve greenspace which is currently receiving major improvements, accomplished a lot at Murphey Candler, Blackburn, and Ashford Park. The bulk of revenue used to accomplish all of this is still coming in and growing. We are ahead on street paving and sidewalks which will now be paid by SPLOST freeing up general funds that in the past have been utilized for these purposes. Think, millions of dollars. We received $10 million dollars from CHOA for a street/right-of-way sale and the CHOA permit fee for the hospital will be $14.6 million when they start it. Some of that can go to our parks. When the police facility is completed we will no longer have the current lease payments because the building will be ours. These are just a few of the resources to be considered, there are many more available options that I haven't even included at this time. Nothing in the parks is contingent upon the bond passing and if you have been told that by anyone from the city, an elected official, or a member of the campaign committee please let me know. HOST did NOT primarily fund the parks. In 5 years we received approx. $31.5 million in Host Funds. Only approx. $3.6 million of it went to parks. Our government had the opportunity to allocate some of the new SPLOST revenue to parks like other municipalities did but chose NOT to do so. Our “all funds” budget has gone from approx. $12 million in 2013 to approx. $50 million in 2018. If the park bond passes we will be approx. $73 million in debt at years end and it is highly likely that they will be back for another $40 million or so within 2 years for the parks again. Bottom line – We don't need another tax increase for a bond to improve our parks. The revenue is already being provided. What we do need to do is advocate for more of it to go to our parks now."
Eugenie Viener, a Brookhaven citizen and business owner, says: "The City doesn't want to spend $300 Thousand for an independent auditor on a $40 Million bond, but they want to spend $1.25 Million for a project management company to say what projects go first?"
Patrick Flemming, a Brookhaven citizen, writes: "I believe that debt should be used by a municipality for two reasons: an emergency or fund shortage due to a recession. The idea of Brookhaven issuing a bond to build parks while the economy is booming and tax dollars are growing is against basic economic principles."