Blog Update


As 2014 begins, two new blogs begin at the same time. Well, it’s really one “NEW” blog and one re-tooled blog.

Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself working on a project around the house thinking, “This would be a great blog post”. I’d already been working on a completely new blog and didn’t want to take away from it to start two new blogs at the same time. Then I realized that this site has a long, rich history but has sat dormant for nearly two years. I simply archived the content, made a few cosmetic changes and here we have it… a re-tooled blog, ready to go. I plan to write about cooking, gardening, home repair and cool technology and gadgets for your house.

In early 2012 all the content from the old blog was moved to a new site on a new server and continued to serve as a Real Estate blog through October 2013. In October I tool a look at that blog and felt as if it had lost its focus. The site template was no longer performing well so it was time for another re-launch. The new site template is beautiful & state of the art. Best of all it has a very clear focus, something I’m very passionate about… urban living and transit. The core site is 90% complete and finalizing photo rights.

I hope that you enjoy one, or both of these blogs in 2014. I’m committed to contributing to them both. Until the photo rights are approved I’ll have to keep the new site a secret, at least for now. I can’t wait to bring it to you in the very near feature.

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Sign the Petition to STOP CITY TAX INCREASES!!!


Why This Is Important

Currently the charter for the city of East Point reads “The city council may assess, levy, and collect an ad valorem tax on all real and personal property within the corporate limits of the city that is subject to such taxation by the state and county. This tax shall not exceed 15 mills on each dollar of taxable value. This tax shall be for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the city government, of providing governmental services, for the repayment of principal and interest on general obligations, and for any other public purpose as determined by the city council in its discretion.”

The Mayor has proposed removing this sentence, “This tax shall not exceed 15 mills on each dollar of taxable value.”, which caps the millage rate at 15 mills. With the removal of this cap, the city would be able to set the rate at any amount they wish, which leave the citizens vulnerable to a huge property tax increase. We call on the Mayor and Council to reject ANY attempt to remove or modify the current millage rate limit, so that the citizens of East Point will be protected from vast increases.

Our residents property values will never recover and future home owners will avoid a city with an unlimited tax rate. Our city was well on the way to recovery before Mayor Pittman got two Council Members elected on lies. Now she expects homeowners to sit back and have their taxes doubled so some irresponsible utility users don’t have to pay for what they use. This is an unsustainable proposal that will undo 8, long, hard years of recovery. TELL THE MAYOR NO TAX INCREASES & TO BALANCE THE UTILITY WITHOUT SUBSIDIZED TAX DOLLARS!

SIGN THE PETITION NOW !!!

Utility vs. Tax Rate Battle Delayed… Not Out of Woods Yet


The pressure East Point City residents have been putting on Mayor Pittman and the City Council seems to have been enough to make them slow down and take a second look at things. Don’t be fooled, this does not mean we are out of the woods, delaying this action still means there is a glaring $7M shortfall in the 2012-2013 fiscal budget.  The Mayor has a history of pulling items of controversy when the pressure is on only to bully the item on to a later agenda with little or notice.  Here is an update from Council Member Rhodes along with the referenced AJC story.

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Following is the news article from last nights meeting. While the issue of rolling back the utility increase is on hold, Mayor Pittman will continue her attempts to raise property tax.

I encourage you to call her voting block and voice your objections to her recommendations. I would also encourage you to attend the council meeting and continue to complete your petitions. If you would like to sign a petition objecting to Council raising your property tax, removing the freeze on property tax for senior citizens or the removing of the limit for property tax from the City Charter, please let me know and I will direct you to some people who are gathering names. Of course, you can also start your own. Talk with your neighbors and friends on your street to ask their support in signing your petition. It does not matter if you have five names or five hundred names. Every petition will be helpful.

If you are planning a petition, please let me know how to direct people to you, the date and location you will collect signatures or your contact information and I will be happy to pass it along.

Council Person Reed and Cook made it clear that this utility issue is political. I could not disagree more with their position. This is not and should not be a political issue but a responsible governance issue.

AJC Story: East Point City Council Stalls on Water Rates

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Your Guy for That, Dustin Drabot is a real estate expert serving the East Point, Fort McPherson, College Park, Hapeville and surrounding metro Atlanta area. A member of Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta, Dustin can be reached directly at 404-507-2267 or Dustin@YourGuyForThat.com. Search all Metro Atlanta properties at www.BuyEastPoint.com

Buyer Can’t Find Home… Is Yours the ONE ???


SELLER WANTED:

Our office has a client who has looked at all the homes currently on the market in East Point and still hasn’t found the right one.  The client is highly qualified and is willing to get a rehab loan, if the right house comes along. Here is the criteria we’re looking for:

  • 2 to 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms (Preferred)
  • Not looking to rebuild, but systems and structural issues could be addressed with the rehab loan.
  • 20’s bungalow or ’40s-’50s cottage.
  • May consider a newer craftsman style home, but is turned off by dirty carpet and pergo.

If this is your house and your looking to sell, or, if you know someone in East Point, College Park or Hapeville with a home like this please call Your Guy for That, Dustin Drabot at 404-507-2267 so we can get this client in to see it.

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Your Guy for That, Dustin Drabot is a real estate expert serving the East Point, Fort McPherson, College Park, Hapeville and surrounding metro Atlanta area. A member of Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta, Dustin can be reached directly at 404-507-2267 or Dustin@YourGuyForThat.com

February 2012 Market Report


2012 is off to a promising start. Mortgage rates continue to drop and have remained under 4% for nearly two months. Home sales are strengthening and pending home sales, a measure to gauge future sales, are at their highest levels since March 2010.

Job growth has been increasing for most of 2011, with unemployment dropping to 8.4%. As more people are getting jobs, consumer confidence has also been increasing. However, underemployment continues to be a problem for a stronger recovery. The underemployment rate is 18.1%, and there are still a significant number of people working part time, who would like to have full-time work.

Even with substantial national improvements, this continues to be a “one neighborhood at a time” recovery. Payroll jobs were up in 25 states, but down in 24, demonstrating the delicate state of the U.S. economy. Global factors such as the European debt crisis are also complicating a more robust recovery. Strong guidance is needed from local and global leaders to continue this growth, as well as allow for business to maintain momentum toward building and expanding upon the opportunities that exist.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of Realtors

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Your Guy for That, Dustin Drabot is a real estate expert serving the East Point, Fort McPherson, College Park, Hapeville and surrounding metro Atlanta area. A member of Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta, Dustin can be reached directly at 404-507-2267 or Dustin@YourGuyForThat.com

Rally Together to STOP OUTRAGEOUS CITY TAX INCREASES !!!


Yesterday YourGuyForThat.com saw tremendous support for protecting home ownership in East Point. (Please see yesterday’s post). Unfortunately simply staying informed and making a few comments via email back to me or supporting comments on Facebook is not enough.  Below is a follow-up message from CM Rhodes with the Top-10 ways you can start taking action today…

There is no greater freedom than the ability to express your support and or your disapproval of your elected officials. Seize this moment to mobilize and express your views on our city government. The time has passed for casual conversation about disapproval of the elected officials in East Point. It is now time to take action. Let us know what you want to see in YOUR government. It will be time consuming and there will be some work involved, but today is the day.

This is your city, it is your future and it is your government. State your demand.

Some ideas:

1. Start a committee for responsible government. It is not necessary to raise funds or to march in the streets. Simply organize. Write emails, make phone calls, come to Council Meetings and sign petitions. All of this can be done without raising funds. Focus on Council conduct and not issues. Political issues can be divisive and cause division. However, mandating proper conduct can be a strong source of agreement even when political views may vary.

2. Write letters to the Governor/ Attorney General/State Representatives expressing your concern about our elected officials ignoring the City Charter. It may seem fruitless, but it will have an impact. For example, out state legislators will not act without a majority vote of Council. In this case, it is the majority of council that is ignoring our City Charter. Of course, they will not vote to request assistance from our state officials. However, you have your own voice. Make them listen to you.

3. Attend and speak at Council Meetings. If you are not comfortable speaking in public, ask someone to assist you in writing your comments. You are not required to speak for three minutes. You can give your time to someone else or you can simply make a single sentence statement. This can be difficult as the Mayor allows her supporters to disrupt the meetings by speaking out during the meetings. There have been some people who will not attend another meeting because of the rude behavior of the Mayor’s supporters. I know it is difficult, but if you can gather the strength, there is a chance for change. You can speak at Council Meetings every first and third Monday. Plan to arrive by 6:10 PM to complete a form to turn in to the clerk for public speaking.

4. Organize a demonstration. It is not required to spend several hours marching in the streets. You can march for 30 minutes. You can attend a Council Meeting and hold signs.

5. I believe more than adequate improper actions of Council exist that if an attorney were involved, you could file a class action law suit. There may even be enough charges to qualify for a recall of elected officials.

6. East Point has an Ethics Board. While the council may not be able to act if the majority of Council are involved in unethical conduct, simply having an authority to address the improper conduct could be used to build a case for a class action law suit.

7. Host a BYOB party. Invite people to come to the party and sign a petition making demands of the Mayor and Council Council. In fact, I belive a few Council Members may be willing to attend the party. It does not need to be a long meeting. Just a party with a petition.

8. Start On-Line petitions. Organize door to door visits with a petition from the voters who participated in the last couple of elections.

9. Email and call Mayor Pittman and her voting block. Many of you will not receive return calls or emails. That is fine. It is still important to have your voice heard. Your elected officials may not respond to your voice but NO ONE can make you be silent. Ring the bells of descension. Let liberty ring.

Get City Council Member Email Addesses & Phone Numbers Here!!!

10. Continue to communicate with your elected official. I can not stress enough how important it is for me to hear from you. While I am a Ward B Council Person, my vote does represent the entire city. I have received calls from across this city from every ward and I am committed to continue responding. I will have mailed out 1100 letters by end of day on Monday to religious institutions and senior citizens informing them of pending legislation from Mayor Pittman and her voting block. I will continue to work diligently to respond to your emails and phone calls within 24 hours. I am sure all of my actions will not meet with your approval, but your voice will be heard and received by me. I am in YOUR service.

HOW WILL YOU SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR HOME OWNERSHIP IN EAST POINT ??? It’s time to take our city back!

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