COVE Report – April 25, 2016

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Early Voting for May 24 Election – May 2-20

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Early voting takes place on Mondays through Fridays from May 2-20. Some locations will also be open on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Click here for a list of locations and their hours.

How Would You Like Your Tax Dollars Spent? – Take the Survey Today

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DeKalb County’s proposal to address the poor state of roads and other infrastructure is the addition of a Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) penny tax and restructuring of property tax relief on the November ballot. If approved, infrastructure projects will be defined per a list currently being developed by a citizen committee. This list includes libraries, parks, roads, and other infrastructure projects. If you would like to voice your opinion on the prioritization of types of projects, please take this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DeKalbSPLOST2016 today.

Whether you are for or against the currently proposed tax changes, prioritization of the list can impact our area as any new funds become available in future years.

The 1-cent SPLOST to fund these projects is one of the two questions on a referendum planned for the ballot in the November General Elections for DeKalb County residents. The second question is whether to approve an Equalized HOST that applies 100% of HOST proceeds to property tax relief for general fund, unincorporated, and city taxes. In order to be enacted, both SPLOST and Equalized HOST must be approved by voters. County officials have stated this solution was proposed and passed by the state legislature to address the inequity created by a disproportionate amount of funds going to new cities with almost no new funds left for county infrastructure projects.

For more information about the proposed SPLOST tax click here http://dekalbcountyga.gov/SPLOST/ . For the list of proposed DeKalb County road resurfacing projects click here  Other project list are available at the SPLOST website.

SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee is Wednesday, April 27, 3-5pm

The final scheduled meeting of the SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee is Wednesday, April 27, 3-5pm in the Maloof Auditorium located at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30030. In meetings with the county planning staff, citizens were strongly encouraged to provide feedback to this committee as the list it creates could determine, what, if any projects are prioritized for the Toco Hill area. There are significant improvements drafted for North Druid and Clairmont Roads. While there are no funds currently available for these projects, should SPLOST or other funds come available, they will be prioritized based on the final list to be completed prior to the November ballot. You can submit comments to the DeKalb SPLOST Citizen Advisory Committee at splostcomments@dekalbcountyga.gov

DeKalb County 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update – Thursday, 4/28, 6:30 p.m

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The N. Druid Hills LCI will now be part of the discussion occurring with the planning associated with the 2035 DeKalb County Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Department is hosting a kick off meeting for this planning process on April 28th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. For more information on the N. Druid Hills LCI click here 

 

Semiannual Household Hazardous Waste Event – Saturday, 4/30, 8-noon

Event participants will have an opportunity to responsibly dispose of dangerous household chemicals that are no longer of use. Hazardous materials, such as aerosols, batteries, adhesives, flammables, lawn care products, fluorescent light bulbs, photo chemicals, artist supplies, household cleaning supplies, and paint and paint-related products, will be accepted.

Where: DeKalb County Sanitation Division’s Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30032

Emory Commencement – Monday, 5/9 – early morning

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Emory’s 2016 Commencement is on Monday, May 9. The All-Schools Central ceremony on the Quadrangle begins at 9:00 a.m. Emory is recommending that guests plan to arrive on campus by 7:00 a.m. to avoid area congestion. Plan your commutes and/or travel in and out of the neighborhood that day.

Kathie Gannon

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Dear Friends,
In 2014, I convened a group of concerned citizens under the umbrella of a Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb who helped draft and advocate for reforms in DeKalb County. The resulting State legislation established an Internal Auditor, an independent Board of Ethics, Chief Ethics Officer, and revisions in our purchasing procedures to bring transparency. These reforms are beginning to take hold, but more must be done.
More recently, there have been state level attempts to change the form of government in DeKalb, but hardly any discussion with YOU about how we should replace it. The DeKalb Delegation considered but did not pass any legislation related to studying or changing DeKalb’s form of government. I believe a Charter Review Commission comprised of DeKalb citizens, and supplemented with professional advice and facilitation, is the correct next step to reform DeKalb County government. It should be DeKalb citizens that review the current government structure, consider the positives, negatives and alternative forms and recommend changes that bring about a more efficient and effective government. A strong component must be included to educate and engage the public in this effort. I am proposing a resolution creating a Citizen Charter Review Commission to the Board of Commissioners. Ultimately any proposed changes will need to be approved by the citizens through a voter referendum. Please join me in asking the Board of Commissioners to create and fund a Charter Review Commission to improve our form of government and to include a robust citizen participation process.
Thank you.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon
kgannon@dekalbcountyga.gov
Office – 404-371-4909
www.kathiegannon.com

Candidates Forum – April 30, 2016

Dekalb Strong will hold a candidate forum to allow voters to meet candidates in the DeKalb County contested local races. The event will be held on April 30, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084.

This is an opportunity for the community to meet multiple candidates in person, ask questions, obtain campaign materials, and share ideas, all in one location.

Dekalb Strong has invited all candidates in contested races who have provided emails in their qualification materials. http://dekalbstrong.com/events/

 

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