Lawmakers approve tax hikes, but not much else in DeKalb


The Georgia General Assembly allowed DeKalb County and several of its cities to raise sales taxes or hotel taxes. Beyond that, not many major bills passed the state Legislature this year.

Here’s a look at how legislation affecting DeKalb fared at the state Capitol before the end of its annual session concluded early Friday:

PASSED

FAILED

  • An effort to reboot of the DeKalb Board of Ethics fell short. Senate Bill 273 would have replaced board members with appointees of DeKalb’s state legislators.
  • Legislators couldn’t agree on the composition of a DeKalb Charter Review Commission, letting legislation creating the commission die.  Senate Bill 246 would have started a study of the county’s government structure.
  • A proposal to put term limits on the mayor of Stonecrest fell short. House Bill 600 also would have reduced the mayor’s voting power.
  • Several bills would have allowed a referendum on a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for MARTA expansion. None of those measures advanced.
  • Legislation to collect payments from recently formed cities for DeKalb’s pension system stalled. House Bill 244 would have required an evaluation of pension obligations from the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Stonecrest and Tucker.


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