January 11, 2019 Newsletter

//January 11, 2019 Newsletter

January 11, 2019 Newsletter

January 11, 2019
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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 ANNUAL REPORT
DEKALB COUNTY NEWS
Judge to Host Traffic Violators Impact Program on
Distracted and Dangerous Driving
DECATUR, Ga.–State Court Judge Kiesha R. Storey will continue to host the Teen Victim Impact Program (TVIP) (now known as the Traffic Violators Impact Program) in 2019.
DeKalb County Mobile Career Center January Schedule
DECATUR, Ga. – WorkSource DeKalb announces its Mobile Career Center schedule for January. The center will be stationed at locations throughout DeKalb County to help put DeKalb County citizens back to work.
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 Recent Sewer Spills
“On Friday, December 28, 2018, a historic rain event caused 20 sanitary sewer spills in DeKalb County. All spill areas have been inspected and cleaned.”
“DeKalb County received over 3.6 inches of rain, which is the largest recorded 24-hour rain event since the historic flooding in 2009.”
“The county’s sewer system has been plagued by storm water infiltration into its sewer system for decades.”
“In 2017, DeKalb County prioritized reducing spills and improving its sewer system. The county has awarded more than $100 million to repair, rehabilitate and restore its aging sewer pipes.”
“At the end of the third quarter of 2018, major sewer spills were down 42 percent from 2017. Despite the recent events, preliminary reports project that the county will end the year with an overall reduction in the number of sewer spills and spill volume.
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).
DEKALB COUNTY NEWS
DeKalb County Government Presents the 25th Annual MLK Celebration
King Day honors kick off Friday, Jan. 18 in DeKalb, when the county hosts its 35th annual MLK Celebration. “King’s Vision: Humanity Tied in a Single Garment of Destiny” will be held at the Maloof Auditorium. No guest speaker has been announced.
Friday, January 18,2019
11:30am – 1:00pm
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs to Host Father Daughter Dance
DECATUR, Ga. — The DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs will host a Father-Daughter Dance at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30306 on Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs, Park Advisory Committee to Meet Jan. 16
DECATUR, Ga.— The Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee’s meeting will be heldWednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., at theDeKalb County Fire Rescue Headquarters, 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker, GA 30084.
Parks Citizens Advisory Board to Meet Jan. 22
Meeting to be held at Fire Rescue Headquarters
DECATUR, Ga.–The DeKalb Parks Citizen Advisory Board Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Headquarters, 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker, GA 30084.
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
2019-03-05T18:46:46+00:00January 11th, 2019|Newsletters|

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