So what Is the state of the County Mr. CEO
Reading this article in the AJC, the state of the county seems to be like may others, SCREWED. A few tidbits:
- Crime will go up and libraries will close if DeKalb doesn’t raise taxes – This sounds like a scare tactic. I personally do not mind paying more taxes if it means improved service. But I don’t want to pay more taxes, and get fewer or degraded services.
- DeKalb – like the rest of the nation – has no money. The only answer is a millage rate increase. – oh really! The way I see budgets is that you make cuts before you expect a raise. Cut areas like admin services, lobbying firms; things that are not essential to county operations. Leave Police, Fire and Sanitation alone. They are critical to the county’s image, health and safety. If parks and recreation must be cut try cutting back on maintenance for now. Let the grass grow in winter. No need to be cutting park grasses in the dead of winter. Cut back on recreation center hours.
- With 10 percent of DeKalb’s workforce unemployed, the CEO is going to have a hard time convincing some residents to pay more in taxes. – How does the old saying go; “you cant squeeze blood from a turnip.” People are struggling right now. I am sure the county can find other places to cut in the budget. Taxes should not be considered until all other options have been completely exhausted.
- “Public safety is our number one priority,” – He says this but is offering to cut some 4 percent from the police budget. If public safety is job number one, then don’t cut public safety AND raise my taxes. That goes back to my pay more and get less statement above.
Like I said earlier I don’t mind paying a little more in taxes, but I don’t want to see us become another Atlanta, where citizens are taxed nearly to death only to get marginal services.
Make sure you attend the public hearings on the budgets. Times are below or check the county’s website.
Jan. 12, 7 p.m.
McNair Academy, 2162 Second Ave., Decatur
Jan. 14, 7 p.m.
Druid Hills High School, 1798 Haygood Dr., Atlanta
Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Chapel Hill Middle School, 3535 Dogwood Farm Rd., Decatur
Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
East Lake YMCA, 275 E. Lake Blvd. SE, Atlanta