CEO’s Budget Meetings

January 25, 2010

CEO Burrell Ellis is holding a series of neighborhood meetings about his proposed 2010 DeKalb County budget. Two of these meetings are in our neck-of-the-woods, and one of them will be held tomorrow.

The CEO’s proposed budget includes a property tax increase.

I like and respect CEO Ellis, but believe very strongly that a property tax increase is the wrong answer to an economic downturn that continues to pinch all of us, not just the county goverment. Such a property tax hike only advances county spending that became bloated to excess after eight years of Vernon Jones. Think performing arts center (click for information), among many other things.

The CEO wants to hear from you. He should be commended for his willingness to come to our community to do so. If you want an opportunity to address him about the proposed property tax increase and about the county’s spending priorities, this is your chance.

Here are the dates, start times, and locations of the two meetings:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Montgomery Elementary
3995 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30319

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Torah Day School
1985 LaVista Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Pages Needed for 2010 Legislative Session

January 25, 2010

The 2010 legislative session has begun and will run through March or April. Each year, I have ten (10) school-age children from House District 80 serve as pages for a day during the legislative session. Pages get to see the legislative process first-hand, receive an excused absence from school, have their photograph taken with their legislator and the Speaker of the House, and are provided lunch.

If your child would like to serve as a legislative page, please e-mail me at [email protected] and include in your e-mail message a telephone number where you can be reached. The ten spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available to residents of House District 80. Please click here to view a map to determine whether you live in House District 80.


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