Election 2017: DeKalb sales tax increase approved


DeKalb County voters overwhelmingly approved a sales tax increase and property tax reduction, according to final ballot counts.

The sales tax hike, from 7 percent to 8 percent, will bring in more than $100 million annually for road repaving, fire station repairs, police vehicles and other infrastructure through a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond said voters approved “a blueprint for success.”

“We take this vote of trust seriously and will continue to work with our city partners on a better future,” Thurmond said in a statement.

Voters also passed referendums to use existing sales taxes to reduce homeowners’ property taxes, and to make permanent a tax break that offsets the cost of rising home assessments.

Exclusive to subscribers: Read the full story on myAJC.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Former Chattanooga school bus driver gets four years in crash that killed 6 kids
Former Chattanooga school bus driver gets four years in crash that killed 6 kids

A former Tennessee school bus driver was sentenced Tuesday to four years in a crash that killed six elementary school students, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Johnthony Walker, who was 24 at the time, lost control of a bus with 37 Woodmore Elementary School students on board. He swerved, struck a telephone pole and a tree. At the time...
Cops: Mom waited to get child medical care, now faces murder charge 
Cops: Mom waited to get child medical care, now faces murder charge 

A mother faces a second-degree murder charge after she allegedly waited to get her injured 2-year-old medical care, subsequently leading to the child’s death, Floyd County police said. Sydney Dean knew her child was injured and waited several hours until the child was unresponsive to seek medical care, Floyd County police Sgt. Ojilvia Lom said...
Did jurors know they were sending Tex McIver to prison for life?
Did jurors know they were sending Tex McIver to prison for life?

Deadlocked during a fifth day of deliberations, yet urged by the judge to reach a verdict, jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial settled on a compromise seemingly satisfying to both sides. A majority of the jurors wanted to convict McIver on felony involuntary manslaughter, a charge that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years...
Officials: Rapper flew drugs across U.S., sold them from apartments he rented
Officials: Rapper flew drugs across U.S., sold them from apartments he rented

An Atlanta rapper, accused of running a cross-country drug operation, was denied bond Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Terrell Davis, known by his stage name “Ralo,” faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute. Authorities allege Davis sold drugs from several apartment units he rents in Atlanta dubbed &ldquo...
04/25 Mike Luckovich: I wanna hold your hand.
04/25 Mike Luckovich: I wanna hold your hand.

More Stories