Friday, June 26, 2015

Dunwoody Confiscated Too Much Tax Money

The big story in da 'wood this week is all about dollars - your dollars.  The City of Dunwoody has been collecting more money than it should from some homeowners.  It's too early to tell how many people and how much money, but don't look for it to have a major impact on the budget.  

For this story we need to go back in time, back to late 2010.  It was fall 2010 that Village Burger opened, Dunwoody became known as the 'Smart People, Smart City' temporarily, Nancy Jester defeated Jim Redovian for DeKalb school board, Firkin Gryphon opened,  Fiscella actually posted on his blog, Danny Ross was pushing for the GA Music Hall of Fame to move to Dunwoody, various factions were plotting and drawing maps of the new elementary school attendance lines (wow, that was a fun time) and Farmhouzer chili was tasted at the Chili Cook Off at Brook Run.

Another item in 2010 was a vote for Homestead Exemptions in Dunwoody.

City of Dunwoody Homestead Exemption
"Shall the Act be approved which amends the homestead exemption from City of Dunwoody ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead by eliminating the automatic sunset so that the exemption continues indefinitely?" H.B. 1319 Act 562

Take a look at King John's blog for letters for and against (2010 post HERE) Uh, the good ole days when people commented on blogs.

Well, the referendum passed.  Dunwoody homeowners voted themselves a five year extension of the tax exemption in November 2010. The problem?  No one implemented the new rule, and no one correctly reported the tax information to DeKalb County.  There is no way to blame DeKalb County for this issue.  The city manager (he's gone) didn't see this through, nor did the city's legal staff or the finance folks.  Not so smart after all.

Whom to blame? Whom not to blame?  You can't blame Mayor Davis, Terry, Lynn D, or city manager Eric Linton.  None were a part of the city government when this occurred.  When a referendum passes in the state legislator, one should expect staff to brief everyone on implementation and affects of the legislation.  Apparently that didn't happen.  Let's focus on the future and make sure the refunds are calculated and issued promptly. 

Dunwoody Swim 2015 Final Standings

Congratulations to Village Mill Swim Team, the unofficial 2015 Dunwoody champions.

Village Mill defeated Vermack in Week 5 459-319.  The loss by Vermack officially marks the end of an era - a dominating era by Vermack.  For years Vermack set the mark for Dunwoody teams, and they were unbeatable.  A lack of young swimmers and some older kids opting for other opportunities resulted in the team's rapid decline.  But fear not, some of Dunwoody's fastest swimmers still call Vermack home and they'll be back next season seeking to regain dominance.

Winning a swim meet requires strategy.  If a team is weak in a certain age group, a sweep of points by an opponent wipes away victories elsewhere.  If a team has a pair of dominating 10 year-old girls, the two girls can place 1st and 2nd in four events, creating a 28 point swing.  And if the team has two high school boys from Dynamo, they can do the same. Reviewing lineups of the opposing team is key.  If your opponent has a record-setting swimmer in the IM and butterfly, don't put your fastest kid against her.  Concede those two events and put your fastest kids in races in which their ace is outside the pool eating a hot dog from the concession stand. Some coaches simply put kids in their best event without knowing the competition.  A swimmer's times are available.  Compare those times to your swimmers' times.  On the other hand, swimming should be fun for the kids and winning isn't everything (said never by a 1st place swimmer) - but do know score is kept and times recorded for a reason.

Byrnwyck 395  Zaban 374

Gainsborough 470  Dunwoody North 300

Georgetown 428  Roxboro 347

Huntcliff 403  Redfield 383
DunwoodyTalk sent a staffer to this event.  Huntcliff is one of the smallest teams in the league, but always has great swimmers.  Their strength is having a decent supply of high school kids.Many teams don't have any boys or girls in the 18-18 age range and have 14 year olds swim up.

 Mill Glen 452  Fontainebleau 340

The Branches 475  Kingsley 321

Final Standings
Village Mill #1
Georgetown #2
The Branches #3
Mill Glen #4
SaveDunwoody #5

Monday, June 22, 2015

Atlanta Swim Championships Psych Sheets 2015

Psych Sheets

Session 1 - Wednesday Afternoon -Session 1 Psych Sheet
Session 2 - Thursday Morning - Session 2 Psych Sheet
Session 3 - Thursday Afternoon - Session 3 Psych Sheet
Session 4 - Friday Morning -  Session 4 Psych Sheet
Session 5 - Friday Afternoon -  Session 5 Psych Sheet
Session 6 - Saturday Morning - Session 6 Psych Sheet
Session 7 - Saturday Afternoon -  Session 7 Psych Sheet