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…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The DeKalb County commissioner handily defeated GOP challenger Larry Danese in Tuesday's primary.
Elaine Boyer, a long-standing veteran of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners' District 1 seat, defeated her only GOP challenger Tuesday. Boyer trounced Larry Danese in the Republican primary, taking more than 75 percent of the vote, according to preliminary returns. Out of 13,363 votes counted early Wednesday morning, Boyer had 10,178. More than 5,000 absentee votes had yet to be counted, but Boyer appeared headed toward certain victory. And since she has no Democratic challengers in the November general election, her primary victory will stand. Boyer ran on a platform of fiscal and governmental conservatism, saying she has voted against millage rate increases for 20 years and worked to reduce the size of DeKalb County's government. …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
DeKalb Commissioner says budget may be too generous.
Although DeKalb County Commissioners passed the 2012 budget without a tax increase or any cut in major services, the proposed incorporation of Brookhaven and the potential loss of revenue from property taxes could cost DeKalb County taxpayers more money by June, said District 1 County Commissioner Elaine Boyer. The $559 million budget adopted on a vote of 4-3 Tuesday includes increases in several county departments including line items for the CEO's office, human resources and the merit system, buidings and maintenance and economic developmen. In a prepared statement, Boyer cautioned the 7.2 percent increase in the budget by pointing to the CEO's miscalculation from last year. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Ellis projected …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Montgomery Elementary School will host first meeting.
DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer will host her first of two town hall budget meetings in Brookhaven. The first will be Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Montgomery Elementary. The second town hall will be on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at Tucker Middle School in Tucker. The second town hall will be co-hosted by Commissioner Stan Watson. Boyer, a Republican commissioner who represents District 1 is looking for input from citizens on essential services and ideas on what could be cut in light of fiscal challenges. According to a press released, boyer said DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has proposed a $547 million budget for the year that does not include any proposed property tax increases. If property values continue to decline, she said, there could be another …
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 …
Monday, July 11, 2011
Commissioner Elaine Boyer's letter to DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis on Police Service
Monday, July 11, 2011
To: W. Burrell Ellis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer From: Commissioner Elaine Boyer Date: July 11, 2011 Subject: Police Services – Special Tax District There aren’t enough words for me to express my disappointment and astonishment at your mid-year budget proposal for DeKalb County. There are many reasons ranging from estimated revenue to expenditures. But what I would specifically like to address in this letter today zeroes in on the most critical role of county government --- public safety. You have utterly failed to abide by legislation adopted by the General Assembly this year to separate out the levy for DeKalb Police Services in a Special Tax District – a fund designated to protect the most vital service this county provides its …
Monday, May 30, 2011
Do you want your tax dollars spent on catered breakfasts and lunches for DeKalb commissioners and staff?
A recent Channel 2 investigation revealed that DeKalb County commissioners spend more than $2,000 per month to provide themselves and staff with breakfast and lunch during commssion meetings. Brookhaven shoppers aren't happy with that, and think that state employees should bring their own meals to work just like they do. Checkout the community responses here on this week's Patch Asks!