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, July 20, 2011
Budget hearings kept one commissioner from reviewing traffic and environmental studies
The Concorde Fire Soccer Club may get its wish next Tuesday if the Board of Commissioners vote to defer the club's request for a Special Land Use Permit. Concorde's attorney Kathy Zickert, said Concorde requested a deferral to further explain to neighbors her client's desire to transform 12 acres of land zoned residential into three soccer fields, a 4,376-square-foot clubhouse and 150 parking spaces, while attempting to address concerns from outraged community members. Bob Lundsten, chief of staff for Commissioner Elaine Boyer, said Tuesday that it is likely Boyer will vote in favor of the deferral. "She's been so involved in budget meetings that she hasn't had time to review the traffic or environmental studies on the proposal," Lundsten …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Commissioner Elaine Boyer condemns the hike, praised CEO's decision to establish separate police levy fund
Brookhaven residents can expect to see changes to their property tax bill as early as August after the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday on a 4.35 millage increase. The owner of a $300,000 home with no change in value this year will see more than a $400 tax increase, explained District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer in a news release after the vote. In contrast, those with homes worth $100,000 and experienced a decline in value of 24 percent will pay no tax increase. Those in the middle with homes valued $200,000 and experiencing a 10 percent decline will likely see a tax increase of about $150, Boyer said. The 26 percent hike will generate about $50 million in revenue with $5 million being placed in a reserve fund, according…
Saturday, July 2, 2011
The week's top headlines for June 27-July 1, 2011
Meet APS Candidates for Superintendent. Young Undocumented Immigrants Arrested at State Capitol. Smyrna State Rep Weighs in on Immigration Controversy. DeKalb Commission Hopes for Better Price on LaVista Property. Preschool Shooting Evidence: Fake Beard, Travel Receipts and Neighbor. Elena Parent: We Can Take Our Time With Cityhood Proposal. Druid Hills Golf Club Plays Host to 4th Dogwood Invitational. DAR Leader: Why the 4th of July is Important. Veteran, Pilot Shares His Thoughts on the 4th of July.