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DeKalb County’s 2013 budget recommendation includes tax increase
by Staff Reports
December 19, 2012 11:28 AM | 2441 views | 3 3 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis delivered his 2013 Executive Budget Recommendation to the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, in accordance with the Organizational Act of DeKalb County.

The recommendation factored in the loss of revenue from the declining real estate values, municipal annexations and the incorporation of Brookhaven. Real estate values in unincorporated DeKalb have declined 49 percent since 2008, and declined 25 percent in cities. The incorporation of Brookhaven reduced revenue projections for 2013 by $25 million.

“The 2013 executive budget recommendation is the result of a very thorough, deliberative and participatory process between our administration, department directors and the Board of Commissioners,” said Ellis.

The Tax Funds portion of the recommendation totals $562.7 million, and provides funding for 25 additional police officers; a 3 percent living wage increase to employees earning less than $37,731 per year; enhancements in customer service and technology improvements and maintains a budgetary reserve of $30 million.

“The recession has placed a tremendous hardship on working families,” said Ellis. “County employees, in particular, have seen their healthcare costs and pension contributions increase, and their take-home salaries reduced, while receiving no cost-of-living adjustments. While we cannot yet give an increase to all employees, we can address the employees who have been most adversely impacted over the years.”

The recommendation also includes a proposed increase in the millage rate of 1.69 mills. On a $200,000 home at an average decline, and assuming the HOST exemption is the same in 2013, the impact of the millage increase would be $4.04 per month.
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Adewale
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January 18, 2013
Now I know why soo many houses are for sale in this county especially Ellenwood.
Antoni
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December 19, 2012
If they already know people have been impacted, why still go up on taxes. Taxes in Dekalb have been increase over 5 times in last 4 years. The government continue to incorporate better parts of Dekalb while taxing the rest. Sad that theres no community outcry over this.
Pay A Tension
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December 23, 2012
There has been ALOT of outcry.
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