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Representing YOU on Doraville City Council

This is a real life view (from June 26) of the Serta Simmons HQ that is slated to open in early 2018!

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Doraville Operating Budget Wrap-Up

On June 18th, Doraville’s city council voted to approve the 2019 operating budget – which also required raising the city’s millage rate from 8.951 to 10 mills. The votes in favor of this were Koontz, Hillard, Patrick, and Geierman. Council members Naser and Fleming voted “No” on both the budget and millage rate increase.

While a tough decision, I voted this way because this is a budget that allows the city start investing in itself and in key staff positions. Without this investment, I do not believe the city will be prepared to attract or handle the development that I think most of us would like to see. 

You can read more about the budget and millage rate increase on my blog. 
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There is Still Time to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment!

Property taxes provide a large chunk of revenue for municipal and county governments, as well as for public schools. These taxes are calculated based on an estimate of property value that is made by the county’s tax office annually.

While I think that the assessors are generally trying to be fair, they may not always get it right. We are lucky that in Georgia, all property owners have the right to appeal their property tax assessment within 45 days of receiving it. July 16 is the deadline for filing your appeal. You can find instructions for the entire appeal process here.

Read more about appealing your property tax generally on my blog.


Doraville's Northwoods neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Since then, various people in the neighborhood have talked about wanting toppers for street signs on Northwoods streets that would denote that fact. NANA, the Northwoods Area Neighborhood Association, has done a lot of work on this project - including soliciting designs from local artist, Wendi Dunlap, and having people who live in the neighborhood vote on those designs. Once the design was set, the group began raising money, and even received some grants.

City Council has now done its part -on June 23rd, we approved a new process that will allow neighborhoods to put up street sign toppers (before that, there wasn't a mechanism that would have allowed NANA to do this).

I believe we should start seeing these signs popping up soon, and am very proud of the neighborhood leaders who made this happen.

Spotlight: Crayhouse

Each neighborhood in Doraville has something special to offer, but I count myself especially lucky to live in Northwoods, and to be within walking distance of many of the culinary delights along Buford Highway.

On June 29th, NANA - the Northwoods Area Neighborhood Association hosted a "happy hour" at Crayhouse - a new Cajun restaurant that is in Northwoods Plaza. This was a great event at a great venue. The servers did a fantastic job of keeping up with all the checks, and they got folks' food out very quickly. 

The food itself is very good, and features crawfish boils, tilapia and shrimp tacos, etouffee fries, and many other great items. They also have various drinks and drink specials that many of the people who attended this event enjoyed.

If you have a hankering for Cajun food, I suggest you check out
Crayhouse. It's a Doraville business that is worthy of our support. 
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