Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Residents in unincorporated DeKalb County currently pay $48 per year.
Want to find out more about DeKalb County's proposed $12 yearly fee hike for stormwater management? DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader is co-hosting a community meeting Thursday, May 2 regarding a proposed rate increase to improve and maintain the current storm water utility system in unincorporated DeKalb. This meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Chamblee Library, 4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee. The purpose of this meeting is to give the public an opportunity to better understand how they are impacted by our storm water systems and to consider if it makes sense to support an increase in funding. Currently unincorporated DeKalb County residents pay $48 per year, which can be found on your property tax bill. The proposed increase is…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The park was once an asbestos-poisoned wetland.
An area that was once an asbestos-poisoned wetland is now a new park in the Emory University area just south of North Druid Hills thanks to local volunteers, incuding the South Fork Conservancy. Local reporter Ben Smith penned a great story published Monday on the Saporta Report detailing the project. From the story: Zonolite Park is 12 acres near Briarcliff and Clifton Roads, where the South Fork of Peachtree Creek parallels railroad tracks. For two decades beginning in 1950, freight trains stopped at the W.R. Grace Co. plant and dumped as much as 1,225 tons of raw material for attic insulation marketed as Zonolite. Grace was an important business in DeKalb County, and the street where the plant was located was named Zonolite Road. Check …
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 …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The board passed the budget unanimously Tuesday.
Jeff Rader and the rest of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a $559 million county budget for 2013 that includes no tax increase. The unanimously approved budget is a reduction of county CEO Burrell Ellis' proposed $565 million budget that would have raised taxes by .64 mills or about $20 on a $200,000 home. The budget restores $900,000 for the county's understaffed permitting and licensing system, which has been subject to significant budgetary slashing over the last several years as county construction and development waned in a sagging economy. That money was removed from the budget this week, worrying some that long waits for permits and licenses could force business and development to other counties, …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Though no official moves have been made, a local community leader told the newspaper residents in both communities have been inspired by the incorporation of Brookhaven.
Residents in the Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff communities are exploring cityhood options as new municipalities in northern DeKalb County place more fianancial pressure on residents in unincorporated areas, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday. The communities have been inspired by the recent vote to incorporate Brookhaven's 49,000 residents, the newspaper reported. News about Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff was included in a larger story about the cityhood and annexation movement across northern DeKalb County that's claimed Dunwoody and Brookhaven while Chamblee and Decatur both chase large expansions into unincorporated territory. From the story: Nancy Love, a leader of the [Civic Association Network], an umbrella …
Monday, June 4, 2012
District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader to his constituents about this year's property tax assessments.
Annual Notices of Assessment hit homeowner's mailboxes last week, and many constituents have called expressing concern about substantial increases in their tax appraisal this year. The appraisal determines the value of property against which taxes are assessed, and are a key factor in your tax bill. I was surprised to hear this, as the DeKalb County real property tax digest overall is down by 7.8 percent overall this year. Our office is seeking more information from the assessor's office and will be responding to individual inquiries. We will also report back to the public on any patterns of reappraisal or systemic deficiencies we discover. Until we are able to get to the bottom of this, please keep the following in mind: Over the past few…
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The event will be held April 21 at 2:45pm.
I get emails from time to time about the Mason Mill Dog Park, which I believe is essentially open at this point. But, if you want, the county is going to cut a proper ribbon on the place next month. District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader said the event will be held at Mason Mill Park on April 21 at 2:45pm, and county CEO Burrell Ellis will be there to congratualte the park and whatever dogs will inevitably be in attendance. The county will also be serving dog treats and other giveaways, so come early. Get your leash ready. CORRECTION: The subheadline and story incorrectly stated the date and time when the county plans to cut the ribbon for the dog park. It is April 21 at 2:45pm. The error has been changed in the story.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The top headlines of the week for Feb. 6-10, 2012
Romney Makes Atlanta Campaign Stop. Hundreds Attend Atlanta Board Of Education Community Meeting. Big Turnout For Brookwood Hills March. Rader Criticizes Redistricting Process In Budget Talk. Citizens Want Jonquil Planning And Zoning Hearing. State Legislators: City Of Ashford Not Final. Atlanta PD Seeking Help In Identifying East Lake Burglar. Six Flags LCI Includes Town Center, Grocery Store. The Metamorphosis Of 750 Gresham Avenue.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
County Commissioner Jeff Rader explained how the 2012 DeKalb County budget works and highlighted some special areas of local concern, including a new draft of a redistricted county map.
Commissioner Jeff Rader (District 2) hosted a meeting to explain the ins and outs of the proposed DeKalb County budget for 2012, touching on topics such as funding parks, libraries and fixing the conditions of the county animal shelter. Rader also brought a map showing proposed new county commission districts that was released only hours earlier. He feels the map is problematic because it packs about three percent more people into the district than there should be, meaning that the voting power of its residents is diluted. This map also takes the Briarcliff Elementary, Druid Hills Middle and North Decatur voting precincts out of his district. “This process, unfortunately, has really fallen apart this year,” he said. He also said the county…
Friday, January 27, 2012
The District 2 commissioner will talk about next year's county budget.
DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader will host a presentation on the proposed 2012 DeKalb County Budget on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7pm at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Annunciation, 2500 Clairmont Rd. in Atlanta. This is an opportunity to learn about some of the budgetary challenges facing the county in the coming year and review the administration’s proposed budget. Citizens are encouraged to attend and share their priorities for the county budget. The 2012 budget is available at www.commissionerrader.com/budget-2010.html and the 2012 budget analysis is available at http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/boc/CommitteeDoc/2012%20budget%20analysis%202011.01.12.pdf.