Tuesday, May 27, 2008
DeKalb hires Roy Barnes to oppose city of Dunwoody
The Dunwoody Crier is reporting that former Gov. Roy Barnes has been on the DeKalb County payroll since April of 2007 to contest the state legislation allowing a referendum on a city of Dunwoody and the apportionment of Homestead Option Sales Tax funds.
If a suit is to be filed, it would be the taxpayers of DeKalb suing the state of Georgia, not the residents of Dunwoody.
At the time of Barnes’ hiring, the bill allowing a referendum on cityhood had just been defeated in the state House, but HB 264, the distribution of HOST funds to cities including Dunwoody, had passed and become law. The Dunwoody legislation passed this spring and was signed into law.
Last month, DeKalb’s chief executive, Vernon Jones, took the Board of Commissioners into executive session to discuss litigation and it is believed that another executive session was again scheduled for this morning.