December 28, 2018 Newsletter

//December 28, 2018 Newsletter

December 28, 2018 Newsletter

December 28, 2018
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FROM THE DESK OF
COMMISSIONER MEREDA DAVIS JOHNSON
Greetings Family, Friends & Neighbors,
I would like to inform you of several updates concerning events and opportunities happening in District 5 and other important information that I believe you will find helpful.
If you have any questions regarding any of the information provided in this update, please feel free to contact my office at 404-271-2159.
As always, please share this information with your friends, family and neighbors.
Yours in service,
Mereda Davis Johnson
Commissioner, District 5
DISTRICT 5
2ND ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
The 2nd Annual Toy Drive for District 5 was a success. This year we were able to donate over 500 toys to Tabitha’s House and KES. Thank you to all of the DeKalb Citizens and Employees for your gracious contributions. I would also like to thank the District 5 “Dream Team” for working to make this a success.
Happy Holidays and
Happy New Year!
DEKALB COUNTY NEWS
DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond announced today that the county’s projected FY2018 fund balance has reached $103 million. The increase is nearly two months of reserves to finance county operations.
DeKalb Projects $103 Million Rainy Day Fund
“DeKalb has a growing economy that requires a financially stable government that people can trust,” said CEO Thurmond. “The fund balance is insurance against economic downturns and allows us to plan effectively for future needs.”
In FY2017 the county eliminated a structural deficit of $24.7 million, balanced the budget and continued to build the rainy day fund. FY 2018 began with an $81 million fund balance, which is projected to increase by 27 percent.
CEO Thurmond’s proposed FY2019 budget will be presented to the Board of Commissioners by Dec. 15. The Board will vote on the final budget by Feb. 28, 2019.
Thurmond pointed to key milestones that demonstrate the county’s commitment to financial stability:
  • During the next six years, DeKalb County homeowners will receive an estimated $660 million in property tax relief. The tax cut is the result of the passage of two measures in November 2017—the Equalized Homestead Option Sales Tax (EHOST) and the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
  • DeKalb County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was delivered on time and without material weaknesses for the first time in six years. The county also eliminated five areas of deficiency from findings documented in the fiscal year 2016 audit.
  • Two major rating agencies recently rated DeKalb’s financial outlook as positive and reflects the financial future will continue to improve.
DeKalb Announces Christmas Residential Sanitation Collection Schedule
DECATUR, Ga. – In observance of Christmas Day on Tuesday, Dec. 25, garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings collection for residential customers will be based on a revised collection schedule as follows:
Monday, Dec. 24 – Normal collection day.
Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day observed; no collection service.
Wednesday, Dec. 26 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Tuesday, Dec. 25, will be serviced on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Thursday, Dec. 27 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Wednesday, Dec. 26, will be serviced on Thursday, Dec. 27.
Friday, Dec. 28 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Thursday, Dec. 27, will be serviced on Friday, Dec. 28.
The Sanitation Division’s administrative office, North Transfer Station and Seminole Road Landfill will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25, and will reopen on Wednesday,
Dec. 26, during normal operating hours.
For more information on this schedule and any sanitation-related services, contact the Sanitation Division’s customer service team at 404-294-2900 orsanitation@dekalbcountyga.gov, visitwww.dekalbsanitation.com, or follow the Sanitation Division on Twitter@DKalbSanitation.
DECATUR, Ga.- DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has proposed a three-percent pay raise and a $15-per-hour minimum wage to help retain and attract talented employees who are motivated to provide quality customer service to residents and businesses of DeKalb.
The compensation enhancements are part of CEO Thurmond’s goal of maintaining a well-compensated, highly-trained workforce dedicated to putting customers first.
On Dec. 11, 2018, CEO Thurmond delivered to the Board of Commissioners highlights of his proposed FY2019 budget which includes a 3-percent raise for all county employees who did not receive a raise in October 2018.
CEO Thurmond Proposes Three-Percent Raise, Higher Minimum Wage for Employees
Additionally, the proposed budget increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour for all full-time and regular part-time employees and includes an insurance holiday.
These proposals continue the progress started in the FY2018 budget to create a more competitive salary structure for all DeKalb County employees. In 2018, county employees whose salaries had not been adjusted since 2016 received a 3-percent raise, and a $14 per hour minimum wage was established for all full-time and regular part-time employees.
And in October, a 4-percent salary increase went into effect which applied to approximately 2,100 public safety employees.
The Board of Commissioners will vote on the 2019 county budget by Feb. 28, 2019.
DeKalb, MARTA Invest $1 Million in Rider Improvements
70 new DeKalb shelters to be constructed in 2019
DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and MARTA General Manager/CEO Jeffrey Parker announced that $1.5 million dollars in capital improvements such as bus shelters, benches and bathroom upgrades are coming to the county.
Help District 5 update
our HOA Contacts
District 5 of DeKalb County is currently updating the contact information for the Homeowner Associations in our district.
Please send us your
community name, HOA President name, and the HOA Presidents contact information (email and phone number).
UPCOMING EVENTS
Got an Ugly Sweater?
Get a Free Adoption!
Dust off your ugliest holiday sweater, because you finally have a great reason to wear it! LifeLine Animal Project wants to see all of our shelter pets go home for the holidays, so we are offering free adoptions to anyone who comes into any of our shelters wearing an ugly holiday sweater! The free adoption includes a spay/neuter , vaccination, and a microchip which is a $300 value.
The Ugly Sweater promotion is valid at all of LifeLine’s shelters including until December 31st:
DeKalb County Animal Services
3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Chamblee
Fulton County Animal Services
860 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta
LifeLine Dog House & Kitty Motel
129 Lake Street, Avondale Estates
LifeLine Cat Adoption Center
3172 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Scottdale
DISTRICT 5 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
Is Your Community/Business Next?
Nominate your community or a community organization for the
District 5 Community Spotlight
Please email a brief statement detailing the reason for your nomination and about the work the organization does in District 5.
Please send the statement and photos to dmccoy@dekalbcountyga.gov
We look forward to hearing from you !
Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson | DeKalb County Board of Commissioners
2019-03-05T18:48:22+00:00December 28th, 2018|Newsletters|

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