Thursday, March 7, 2013
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week the county has reached a point where incorporations could harm essential county services.
DeKalb County has reached a "tipping point" where continued incorporations of unincorporated county land could harm the county's ability to fund essential services such as courts, elections and libraries, county CEO Burrell Ellis said this week. – services all county residents use regardless of whether they live in a city. Ellis' remarks were released in a statement to Patch, but, speaking at a community meeting in Tucker on Tuesday, he also said he understands the desire for cityhood but that historically, new cities often encounter difficulties meeting their fiscal goals, and end up having to raise taxes just to meet basic needs. "You'll still be DeKalb citizens," he said, emphasizing that new cities cannot isolate themselves from their …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer says absolutely not.
The position of county CEO has for years been on shaky ground in DeKalb County. Sitting CEO Burrell Ellis has faced questions about the position's necessity in the past and successfully fended them off. But after the district attorney raided Ellis' home as part of an investigation into the county's watershed operations last month, local media and elected officials have questioned whether it might be worth pushing to eliminate the position once and for all. DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer, a long-time critic of the CEO position, said she still supported its elimination Tuesday. "This form of government doesn't work," she said. "I'm in my 21st year [as a commissioner], it does not work. We're not the federal government…
Friday, February 1, 2013
Has Brookhaven's incorporation hurt DeKalb? Take our Patch poll and tell us what you think.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week recent and ongoing cityhood movements and annexations harm county services, and the state legislature needs to grant the county more oversight over these issues. Continued withdrawls of land from unincorporated DeKalb County into existing or new municipalities also threaten to slow the county's economic recovery, Ellis said Tuesday before a group of county businessmen Tuesday in his 2013 State of the County speech. Newly elected Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said Thursday he disagrees with Ellis and believes any legislation that would limit the formation of new cities such as Brookhaven or annexation is "a shot across the bow of our democracy." "To me, it's un-American," he said. Every time a …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis will give his annual state of the county address at 8 am at the Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center on Tuesday morning.
Monday, January 7, 2013
DeKalb CEO says he doesn't know if he's a target of an investigation.
Reaction was subdued in Brookhaven and Chamblee to Monday's news that the home and office of CEO Burrell Ellis was searched by law enforcement officials. "Given the focus on efficient governance, including the justification for the incorporation of the City of Brookhaven, it is disconcerting that there was enough probably cause for the search warrant to be issued," said Chamblee City Councilman Tom Hogan. "That being said, I remain optimistic and hopeful that there was no foul play and the CEO will be cleared." Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis told Patch called the incident "troubling" and "disappointing." "But everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and I'm not going to make any sort of judgments," he said. Brookhaven District 2 …
Monday, October 29, 2012
DeKalb County's CEO will meet with the public at Clairmont Baptist Church on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will hold a town hall meeting to discuss county issues with Brookhaven, Chamblee and other residents on Tuesday night. The meeting will be held at Clairmont Baptist Church, 3542 Clairmont Road, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The meetings are free and open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend. What would you ask the CEO? Tell us in the comments section below.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Burrell Ellis carried a healthy lead over fellow Democrats Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson in Tuesday's primary, avoiding a runoff.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis easily fended off two Democratic challengers to his seat in Tuesday's primary. The incumbent, first elected CEO in 2008, walked away with more than 60 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff, according to preliminary returns early Wednesday morning, defeating Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson. He faces no Republican challengers in the November election, so his primary win is tantamount to victory. Out of 75,399 votes, Ellis had 45,867, though more than 5,000 absentee votes had yet to be counted. "We've always talked about making your priorities the priorities of this county. That's what we stand for," Ellis told a room of supporters at about 10:30pm. "Tomorrow we get back to work." In his campaign, Ellis …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The DeKalb CEO is continuing his series of listening events.
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is continuing his series of meet-and-greets throughout the county by visiting Brookhaven residents next month. On Monday, June 11, Ellis will be meeting constituents at the home of Carolyn and Trey Benton, 3511 Sunderland Circle, from 7 to 8:30 pm. The following night, he will be at the residence of Tim and Toni Morrison, 7 Brookhaven Drive, also from 7-8:30 pm. Ellis said he has held more than 50 of these gatherings since he took office. Ellis has two opponents in the July 31 Democratic primary: Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson. While Ellis has not come out in opposition to the notion of Brookhaven cityhood, he has criticized the legislative process that allowed the bill to move through the most recent session …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Mobile Centers are part of the CEO's One DeKalb
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The DeKalb County "Jobs Bus" will be stationed at various locations throughout DeKalb County this month. The bus provides work readiness services to help put unemployed county residents back to work. The unit supports CEO Burrell Ellis' One DeKalb Works intiative and services include: Businesses are also able to use the mobile unit for recruiting, pre-employment screenings, interviewing, and training. The closest unit to the Brookhaven/Chamblee area will be posted outside the Center for Pan Asian Communit Services located at 3510 Shallowford Road, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30341 on Thursday, March 15 during Ellis' Town Hall meeting from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Below are the additional Mobile Career Center’s scheduled locations for the month of March…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Drawing on historic comparison, Ellis calls Jacobs opinion piece 'nonsense'
Thursday, March 1, 2012
There may be a reason for residents of DeKalb County to consider voting for another layer of government, but it is not the nonsense presented by Rep. Mike Jacobs in his op-ed on cityhood. Any eighth grade history student knows the American Revolution was conceived on the flawed principle of taxation without representation. What we have here is exploitation of current state law based on bad public policy. This is why: When choice commercial and residential properties are usurped into newly proposed cities, it increases the tax burden for everyone who is left outside of the city limits. This is actually a more accurate application of Jacobs’ analogy. The citizens and businesses of DeKalb who will shoulder the cost (i.e. increased tax …