Summary of 2014 Ballot Questions

October 25, 2014

Remember that early voting runs this Sunday through Friday at the Chamblee Civic Center, Monday through Friday at Brookhaven City Hall, and Saturday through Friday at both the Sandy Springs Public Library and North Fulton Government Annex.

Click here for sample ballots, voter guides and more information about early voting.

This post is to provide you with additional information about this year’s ballot questions. The constitutional amendments include an opportunity to permanently cap the state income tax rate. Courtesy of our State Senator Fran Millar, here is a synopsis of each question:

Amendment A prohibits an increase in the state maximum income tax rate in effect as of January 1, 2015 (6 percent). North Carolina just lowered its rate to 5.75 percent. Many of us would like to see Georgia reduce or eliminate its income tax. A “yes” vote ensures that the legislature can’t increase this maximum.

Amendment B adds reckless driving penalties and fees to the brain and spinal injury trust fund. DUI fees already go to this fund. If this passes and someone gets a DUI reduced to reckless driving, then this money will also go to the brain and spinal injury trust fund.

Statewide Referendum 1 exempts private businesses that operate student housing or a student parking deck for the state university system from property taxes. Currently, if any part of a public-private partnership is for-profit, the non-profit exemption from property taxes does not apply. The goal of the referendum is to take the debt burden of student housing and parking facilities off the university system. To give private enterprise an incentive to operate these facilities and service the debt, they will get the same exemption from property taxes that the university system would enjoy. The university system still owns the property through a contractual arrangement with the operator. This is intended to give the university system a better bond rating and allow them to focus on educating students rather than repaying debt.

For Brookhaven voters, there’s one more question. This synopsis is not from Senator Millar:

The Brookhaven Redevelopment Powers referendum was requested by unanimous resolution of the Brookhaven City Council. A good summary of the mechanics and pros and cons of the redevelopment powers is published in a Q&A on the Georgia Municipal Association’s website.

Click here to read the Q&A.

Also, here is an excerpt from the minutes of the February 25, 2014 meeting of the Brookhaven City Council in which they unanimously requested the referendum. It gives context to their request:

“[City Manager Marie] Garrett provided an explanation of transmittal of the Legislative Package Resolution to Representative Mike Jacobs. She reported that the Resolution contained a request to introduce legislation to enable the City to operate under the Redevelopment Powers Law. She explained that said legislation would allow the City to identify stagnant or [blighted] areas with potential for redevelopment, and to designate those areas as tax allocation districts which would implement tax increment financing for new development. She reported that areas such as Buford Highway could meet the criteria for a tax allocation district and explained that any proposal would have to be approved by the citizens through a referendum. She explained that if said referendum was passed the Council would have to approve a redevelopment plan for a specific geographic area within the City.”


DeKalb Delegation Public Hearings

October 2, 2014

The members of the State House who represent portions of the DeKalb County will hold three public hearings across the county to hear from you on state and local issues. There is one meeting at Brookhaven City Hall. Please join us and make your voice heard. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven 30319

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur 30030

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Porter Sanford Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur 30034


Thank You!

May 21, 2014

Thank you for your support in yesterday’s Republican primary for State House District 80, covering Brookhaven, Chamblee and Sandy Springs. The final tally was 75% to 25%.

As I look back on 10 years of public service, I am grateful for the friendships and trust we’ve built. Our community is an outstanding place to live and work. Evan and I are proud to raise our family in Brookhaven. I am proud to practice law from a modest office in Sandy Springs.

Looking ahead, I am optimistic that the financial turnaround at MARTA slowly but surely will enable us to transform the agency into something that reaches beyond the confines of Fulton and DeKalb counties. It is also time to clean up DeKalb County’s tarnished reputation and diminish the size and scope of the Fulton County government.

Not every race on the primary election ballot ended yesterday. The Republican primary for U.S. Senate features a runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue. The DeKalb sheriff’s race pits Vernon Jones against the incumbent, Jeff Mann. The sheriff controls a large budget and has the ability to award contracts. A wise choice is essential. The runoff will be Tuesday, July 22.

I congratulate Catherine Bernard on a hard-fought campaign. She hails from the Liberty Caucus, a newer group within the Republican Party. I am hopeful we can find a way to work together. Although engaged citizens may disagree from time to time, what is great about our community is that we listen to each other and find common ground where possible.

Thanks again for your vote of confidence. Please contact me at (404) 590-7377 or repjacobs@gmail.com if I can assist with anything.

Onward and upward.


Election Day is Here

May 19, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, is primary election day. Your regular polling place will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

I am running in a contested Republican primary race for State House District 80. There will not be a November general election contest in our district. Tomorrow decides the election.

I respectfully ask for your vote.

We’ve accomplished a great deal in recent years, most notably the incorporation of Brookhaven and privatization and financial turnaround of MARTA, but there remains work to be done.

I plan to keep pushing to make the ten-year DeKalb County property tax assessment freeze (expires in 2016) a permanent measure, and to reduce the size and scope of the Fulton County government through a doubling of the Fulton homestead exemption. Both measures came close to passing in the current two-year term.

Please note there have been some voting precinct changes for this election:

- Some voters who live in the City of Brookhaven and used to vote at Montgomery Elementary will now be voting at the Kittredge Magnet School, 1663 East Nancy Creek Drive.

- All other voters who live in the City of Brookhaven and vote at Montgomery Elementary have been temporarily relocated to the Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, 4276 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, while Montgomery is undergoing renovations.

- All voters who live in the City of Chamblee and used to vote at the Kittredge Magnet School or Huntley Hills Elementary will now be voting at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street.

Because this precinct shuffle is a bit confusing, you may want to use the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” to find your correct polling location:

mvp.sos.state.ga.us

Here are some other voting resources that you may find helpful:

DeKalb County Republican Sample Ballot
DeKalb County Democratic Sample Ballot
DeKalb County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot
Fulton County Republican Sample Ballot 1 of 2
Fulton County Republican Sample Ballot 2 of 2
Fulton County Democratic Sample Ballot 1 of 2
Fulton County Democratic Sample Ballot 2 of 2
Fulton County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot
Georgia Secretary of State “My Voter Page”
League of Women Voters/AJC Voter’s Guide
Brookhaven Reporter Voter’s Guide
Sandy Springs Reporter Voter’s Guide
Brookhaven Post Voter’s Guide

When election day is done tomorrow, I hope you will join me, my wife Evan and our supporters to celebrate and watch the results at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Town Brookhaven off Peachtree Road starting at 7:00 p.m.

If you have one of my signs in your yard, please leave it there through Thursday. As promised, my campaign staff will be picking up all yard signs on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thank you very much for the privilege of serving you.


Final Week of Early Voting

May 12, 2014

This week is the final week of early voting for the upcoming primary election. You can vote Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For DeKalb County voters, the location closest to our community is the Chamblee Civic Center. For Fulton County voters, it is the Sandy Springs Public Library.

Below is a complete list of North DeKalb and Sandy Springs early voting locations. At the bottom of this message, you will find links to helpful sample ballots and voter guides.

DeKalb Early Voting (Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee 30341

Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker 30084

DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur 30032

Fulton Early Voting (Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Sandy Springs Public Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs 30328

North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, Room 128,
Sandy Springs 30350

Helpful Voting Links

DeKalb County Republican Sample Ballot
DeKalb County Democratic Sample Ballot
DeKalb County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot
Fulton County Republican Sample Ballot 1 of 2
Fulton County Republican Sample Ballot 2 of 2
Fulton County Democratic Sample Ballot 1 of 2
Fulton County Democratic Sample Ballot 2 of 2
Fulton County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot
Georgia Secretary of State “My Voter Page”
League of Women Voters/AJC Voter’s Guide
Brookhaven Reporter Voter’s Guide
Sandy Springs Reporter Voter’s Guide
Brookhaven Post Voter’s Guide


Meet & Greet, Early Voting, Brookhaven Events

May 6, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, is my final “Meet & Greet” prior to the upcoming primary election. This one is a joint event with State Senator Fran Millar in Nancy Creek Heights, just north of Montgomery Elementary School off Ashford Dunwoody Road. We hope you’ll join us to talk about the state and local issues that are important to you. Here are the details:

Meet & Greet in Nancy Creek Heights
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis,
Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams,
Shannon Cameron and Holly & Michael Snow
A joint event with State Senator Fran Millar
at the home of Holly & Michael Snow
4041 Navajo Trail
Brookhaven, GA 30319

Early voting for the primary election is ongoing. Several early voting locations are open this Saturday. The popular polling place at the Chamblee Civic Center will be open next week. For a list of nearby DeKalb and Fulton early voting locations and times, please click here.

The Brookhaven Post reports that the first Brookhaven Food Truck Roundup will be Wednesday, May 14, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Blackburn Park. The Roundup will be held every Wednesday throughout the summer.

Last but not least, the annual Brookhaven Bolt 5K race to benefit Ashford Park Elementary School will be Saturday, May 17. Registration ends May 14. Please visit BrookhavenBolt.com for more details.


Early Voting, Sample Ballots, Voter Guides

April 28, 2014

Early voting for the May 20th primary election has started. For your convenience, I have prepared a list of the DeKalb and Fulton early voting locations closest to our community and the dates and times these locations will be available. At the bottom of this message, you will find links to helpful sample ballots and voter guides.

My next neighborhood “meet and greet” will be this Thursday, May 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Brickery, 6125 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30328. This event is free and open to the public. Thank you to Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, Councilman Gabriel Sterling, and Josh Belinfante for co-hosting the event.

The DeKalb County Republican Party will be hosting a forum for the candidates for DeKalb County Sheriff tomorrow, Tuesday, April 29, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road. This race is a special election that will appear on the primary ballots for both political parties.

DeKalb County Early Voting Locations & Times

DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032
Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 16
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tucker Recreation Center
4898 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084
Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 16
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chamblee Civic Center
3540 Broad Street
Chamblee, GA 30341
Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 16, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fulton County Early Voting Locations & Times

North Fulton Service Center
7741 Roswell Road, Room 128
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Monday, April 28 – Saturday, May 3, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 5 – Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 16, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sandy Springs Library
395 Mount Vernon Highway
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Monday, May 5 – Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 16, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Helpful Voting Links

DeKalb County Republican Sample Ballot
DeKalb County Democratic Sample Ballot
DeKalb County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot
Fulton County Republican Sample Ballot 1 of 2
Fulton County Republican Sample Ballot 2 of 2
Fulton County Democratic Sample Ballot 1 of 2
Fulton County Democratic Sample Ballot 2 of 2
Fulton County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot
Georgia Secretary of State “My Voter Page”
League of Women Voters/AJC Voter’s Guide
Brookhaven Reporter Voter’s Guide
Sandy Springs Reporter Voter’s Guide
Brookhaven Post Voter’s Guide


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