Dunwoody News Alert

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Election results for Dunwoody

Dunwoody Crier, Front, 11/14/06, by Dick Williams

Republicans dominate in local ballots

From the story:
Incumbent state legislators held their seats with relative ease in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Chamblee and north Brookhaven and a property tax relief measure for DeKalb County sponsored by state Rep. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) won 73 percent support across the county.

The measure, freezing for five years the assessed value of a home or until it is sold, was opposed by DeKalb’s chief executive, Vernon Jones, yet won overwhelmingly and in every section of the county.

Analysts called it a repudiation of Jones’ continued tax increases that began when he broke his 2000 campaign pledge to continue the 100 percent homestead option sales tax exemption.

Millar’s measure will result in the county receiving about $8 million less than it did this year. The county budget is in excess of $1 billion.

After the vote November 7, DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Claudia G. Lawson announced that her office would mail property assessment freeze applications to current homeowners receiving homestead exemption. These applications are expected to be in mailboxes by the last week of November and must be completed and returned to the Tax Commissioner’s office by March 1, 2007. Applications received after March 1, 2007 will be applied to the following tax year.
Though Democrats mounted challenges this year in heavily Republican districts, state Sen. Dan Weber, Millar and state Reps . Jill Chambers and Harry Geisinger won handily. Gov. Sonny Perdue won re-election with a far larger share of the north DeKalb and Sandy Springs vote than he claimed in 2002.
Millar led the area Republicans, winning 72 percent of the vote in his Dunwoody district that includes a piece of north Brookhaven.

Dunwoody, formerly part of U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s 4th congressional district, becomes part of the U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s 6th District January 1. He won 72 percent of the district’s votes, carrying 65 percent of the Dunwoody area. In the Brookhaven area still part of the 4th District, Hank Johnson, McKinney’s conqueror, washed away Republican Catherine Davis.


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