DeKalb CEO, Burrell Ellis
On Tuesday January 26th, DeKalb CEO, Burrell Ellis and members of the BOC budget committee will be meeting at 7 p.m. at Montgomery Elementary School, 3995 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 to discuss the 2010 proposed budget and 11% property tax increase.
Attempting to sell a tax increase is a difficult proposition but Mr. Ellis has to be given some credit for personally hosting 12 neighborhood budget gatherings to have face-to-face conversations with citizens to receive input on the proposed 2010 DeKalb County operating budget. The PowerPoint presentation and Budget executive summary to the Board of Commissioners is available on line and I was glad to see that the meeting questions and answers are also posted on-line for all to see.
Kudos to the County for the transparency improvements that are also being made behind the scenes such as the streaming video of the 2010 State of the County address and also the recorded video of Regular Board of Commissioner Meetings (Jan 12, 2010). As a guy who dabbles in this type of technology I will be watching with interest on how your system works for you.
2010 DeKalb County Budget Presentation
DeKalb County 2010 Ceo Budget Letter