First, the good news for DeKalb County property owners: No tax hike is included in the 2013 budget county commissioners are expected to approve Tuesday.
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DeKalb proposed 2013 budget
County commissioners are expected to approved a $559 million budget for 2013 that holds the tax rate steady with a mix of spending increases and cuts across departments.
The budget includes $120.5 million in spending for police, which includes filling at least 25 vacancies and holding at least one police academy to recruit cadets. The $60 million fire department budget includes funding to hire for 44 vacant firefighter positions.
Commissioners have proposed cutting $600,000 for buying new equipment for county permitting and licensing operations and eliminating $250,000 by cutting the public safety director job. Another $214,000 in savings comes from positions in various departments that have been vacant for more than a year and another $100,000 in a reduced contract for lobbying services.