The founders of metro Atlanta’s crop of new cities made big promises about honesty, transparency and stripped-down government. They would steer clear of all that’s wrong with the county governments they loathed.
But forming a city means creating a new bureaucracy, and entrusting another set of personalities with power to spend millions of taxpayer dollars. Newbie politicians may not immediately grasp the ethical strictures that go with public service. Or perhaps they do, but don’t care.
Pretty soon, trouble starts to boil.