Mark Niesse

Local government reporter

Mark Niesse covers DeKalb government. He previously covered Atlanta schools and worked for The Associated Press and The Daily Report.

Latest from Mark Niesse

DeKalb closes book on financial discrepancy
 DeKalb County’s government has finally reconciled an accounting discrepancy that at one point amounted to $5.5 million. The county’s external auditors said Friday the government completed matching transactions between its bank accounts and internal records in June, after about a year of combing through thousands of old...

Posted: 5 hours ago

DeKalb County’s government has finally reconciled an accounting discrepancy that at one point amounted to $5.5 million. The county’s external auditors said Friday the government completed matching transactions between its bank accounts and internal records in June, after about a year of combing through thousands of old...
DeKalb’s sales tax increase: What you need to know
 A proposed increase in DeKalb County’s sales tax rate will be decided in a Nov. 7 referendum. Here’s everything you need to know about the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST), which would raise money for road repairs and other infrastructure. A. Only if a majority of voters approve. A countywide referendum will be...

Posted: 3 days ago

A proposed increase in DeKalb County’s sales tax rate will be decided in a Nov. 7 referendum. Here’s everything you need to know about the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST), which would raise money for road repairs and other infrastructure. A. Only if a majority of voters approve. A countywide referendum will be...
DeKalb Commission approves sales tax project list
 A proposed sales tax increase in DeKalb County would primarily fund the repaving of cracked and pothole-filled roads, along with building new fire stations, buying police cars and renovating parks, according to a project list approved Tuesday. The projects would be funded by a sales tax increase, from 7 percent to 8 percent, if...

Posted: 5 days ago

A proposed sales tax increase in DeKalb County would primarily fund the repaving of cracked and pothole-filled roads, along with building new fire stations, buying police cars and renovating parks, according to a project list approved Tuesday. The projects would be funded by a sales tax increase, from 7 percent to 8 percent, if...
DeKalb sales tax project list decided, with focus on road repairs
 The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday on a list of construction projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax increase, with an emphasis on repairing bumpy roads. The project list includes $151 million to repave the county’s worst roads, nearly $85 million for fire stations and police protection...

Posted: 6 days ago

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday on a list of construction projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax increase, with an emphasis on repairing bumpy roads. The project list includes $151 million to repave the county’s worst roads, nearly $85 million for fire stations and police protection...
$3.2M in meth seized; 5 arrested in North Georgia
 A North Georgia drug bust dismantled a meth lab and seized more than $3 million worth of crystal methamphetamine, officials said Saturday. Five people, one from Gwinnett County, were arrested Friday on charges including methamphetamine trafficking and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement...

Posted: 8 days ago

A North Georgia drug bust dismantled a meth lab and seized more than $3 million worth of crystal methamphetamine, officials said Saturday. Five people, one from Gwinnett County, were arrested Friday on charges including methamphetamine trafficking and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement...
Argument among 20 people results in deadly shooting
 One man is dead and another injured after they were shot multiple times early Saturday after an argument among several people in Covington, police said. The argument erupted among about 20 people gathered at the intersection of Chaney Drive and Puckett Street, Covington police spokesman Allan Seebaran said in an emailed statement. Shots were...

Posted: 8 days ago

One man is dead and another injured after they were shot multiple times early Saturday after an argument among several people in Covington, police said. The argument erupted among about 20 people gathered at the intersection of Chaney Drive and Puckett Street, Covington police spokesman Allan Seebaran said in an emailed statement. Shots were...
Worker died while building Northside Hospital Midtown expansion
 The man who died at a Midtown construction site Friday was working on a 12-story Northside Hospital building when a piece of construction equipment fell on him. The worker was identified Saturday as Luis De Leon Jr., 20, of Rex, an unincorporated community in Clayton County, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

The man who died at a Midtown construction site Friday was working on a 12-story Northside Hospital building when a piece of construction equipment fell on him. The worker was identified Saturday as Luis De Leon Jr., 20, of Rex, an unincorporated community in Clayton County, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner&rsquo...
Value of metro Atlanta tax breaks revealed
 Until now, no one knew the real cost of tax incentives awarded by metro Atlanta governments to companies that pledged to expand in the area. That’s changing as a result of new government transparency rules that enabled The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to crunch the numbers and discover which companies benefited the most last year...

Posted: 9 days ago

Until now, no one knew the real cost of tax incentives awarded by metro Atlanta governments to companies that pledged to expand in the area. That’s changing as a result of new government transparency rules that enabled The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to crunch the numbers and discover which companies benefited the most last year...
Road repaving tops DeKalb sales tax project list
 The DeKalb County Commission is preparing to vote on a list of projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax increase, including the repaving of 318 miles of pothole-filled roads, the renovation of run-down fire stations and other infrastructure repairs. Commissioners are reviewing the construction project list presented by DeKalb...

Posted: 9 days ago

The DeKalb County Commission is preparing to vote on a list of projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax increase, including the repaving of 318 miles of pothole-filled roads, the renovation of run-down fire stations and other infrastructure repairs. Commissioners are reviewing the construction project list presented by DeKalb...
Project list proposed for DeKalb sales tax
 A proposed DeKalb County sales tax increase would raise money to repave 318 miles of pothole-filled roads, rebuild run-down fire stations and repair other infrastructure, according to a project list presented Thursday by CEO Mike Thurmond. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners could vote on the list of construction projects as soon...

Posted: 10 days ago

A proposed DeKalb County sales tax increase would raise money to repave 318 miles of pothole-filled roads, rebuild run-down fire stations and repair other infrastructure, according to a project list presented Thursday by CEO Mike Thurmond. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners could vote on the list of construction projects as soon...
New disclosures show Atlanta companies that profit from tax breaks
 They are among metro Atlanta’s defining landmarks and marquee companies, from the upscale Avalon development in Alpharetta to Bank of America Plaza in Midtown, from Town Brookhaven to Coca-Cola. They’re also among the biggest beneficiaries of tax breaks doled out by local governments in 2016. Together, in the name of economic...

Posted: 11 days ago

They are among metro Atlanta’s defining landmarks and marquee companies, from the upscale Avalon development in Alpharetta to Bank of America Plaza in Midtown, from Town Brookhaven to Coca-Cola. They’re also among the biggest beneficiaries of tax breaks doled out by local governments in 2016. Together, in the name of economic...