• With the Chinese Business Association in Doraville
  • Tucker Mural
  • Hosting a DeKalb County Town Hall on Soccer
  • DeKalb 9-11 Ceremony
  • Dunwoody Food Trucks
  • Dunwoody Town Hall
  • Serving Lunch to The DeKalb County Police
  • Chedder - The DeKalb County Fire Department Dog
  • Inland Seafood
  • Grady Hospital

Press Releases

Feb 07
2016
AG Sam Olens Opinion Stunning in its Clarity:
Removal of Harmel Codi – Wrong In Every Regard
 
From Commissioner Nancy Jester:
 
The language in the opinion from the Attorney General in response to the inquiry from Senators VanNess and Parent related to the membership of the DeKalb Internal Audit Committee is stunning in its clarity and removes any doubt as to the fact that Harmel Codi is a legitimate and lawful member of the Audit Committee.
 
It is time for a full and transparent accounting of DeKalb County's finances without any political interference from elected officials. The actions of Senator Butler have been found to be inconsistent with the Constitution of the State of Georgia and in violation of the rights of Ms.Codi and, by extension, every taxpayer of DeKalb County.
 
It is unacceptable for a taxpayer to be treated the way Senator Butler treated Ms.Codi. I look forward to Ms. Codi resuming her rightful place on the Internal Audit Committee as the Committee gets to the business of protecting the integrity of taxpayer dollars.

 

Feb 05
2016

“We're on the Verge of Blowing It”

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr speaking to DeKalb County leaders about the importance of coming together to support the development at the old GM plant in Doraville.

From Commissioner Nancy Jester:

Please take the time to read this AJC article, and analysis by Todd Rehm of GA Pundit, about the former GM site.  This particular property (165 acres) is larger than the Atlantic Station development.  It requires substantial infrastructure work, including connecting the site to the Doraville MARTA station.  The county and city of Doraville have already agreed to participate in the tax allocation district (TAD) but the DeKalb School District has not even come to the table to discuss the proposal.  If the school district administration continues to refuse to even discuss this matter, either the Doraville or the DeKalb Development Authority, will likely structure a long-term deal that has the net effect of abating every penny of taxes paid on that property.  With a TAD every dime gets paid.  

Furthermore, the school district will lose it's ability to negotiate with the TAD for much needed capital projects such as a performing arts center, or a new school.  The project, without the necessary infrastructure funding, is at risk for changing from a mixed used development focused on corporate offices, retail, and restaurants, to one with a large number of new apartment units.  What do you think that will do for the schools and the students in the already overcrowded school cluster?  

DeKalb already has a higher percentage of rental units than its surrounding neighbors. From my vantage, if the School District were to negotiate it's participation in the TAD, they could likely get significant new capital projects on the property and continue to receive every dime of current tax revenue.  

If the district refuses to participate, the taxes will likely be removed by an unelected body (a Development Authority), the public infrastructure won't be improved, and the schools will be worse shape than ever before. 

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The Mark Niesse AJC story:

DeKalb leaders discuss moving GM site project beyond objections-  http://ow.ly/Y0dDW 

The Todd Rehm Ga Pundit (www.gapundit.com) analysis:

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr spoke to DeKalb County leaders about the importance of coming together to support the development at the old GM plant in Doraville.

Remarks by state economic development chief Chris Carr underscored the mounting pressure on the DeKalb school board to take part in a tax incentive plan developers say is critical to decimated by the auto plant's closure in 2008.

He warned that the effort to upgrade the site could fail support for infrastructure improvements, including a street grid and pedestrian connections to MARTA.

"We have an opportunity in our county to have the best site in metro Atlanta - probably one of the best sites in the Southeast - and we're on the verge of blowing it," Carr said during a meeting with a dozen DeKalb lawmakers.

Despite the pressure, DeKalb school board members say they haven't been convinced the redevelopment would benefit students anytime soon.

Its construction depends on financing for the project that would use expected growth in property tax revenue to pay for $247 million in infrastructure improvements. School taxes would pay for more than half that amount, with the rest of the burden shared by DeKalb and Doraville governments, which have already approved their parts of the deal.

DeKalb Board of Education members rightly put the benefits to students at the center of their deliberations, so let me address that briefly. The tax break being sought by the developers here would waive the increased property taxes on the site for several decades to pay for public infrastructure improvements at the site. At the same time, the school system (and thus, students) will benefit from dramatically increased sales taxes at a now-abandoned site and from increased spending by the hundreds or thousands of people who will eventually work at the site.

Beyond the money that will flow into county school coffers, we can't afford to ignore the benefits of job creation. If students perform best when their parents can afford to keep a roof over their heads, the student body in DeKalb will surely benefit, even if indirectly, from job creation in the county. Conversely, if this development fails due to government recalcitrance, DeKalb County overall will likely never see a job creation opportunity like this in my lifetime.

 

Feb 05
2016

Nancy Jester Statement on Lee May Decision Not to Seek Re-Election

 Join Stan and I in wishing Lee May and his family every success as they transition into service in ministry. During my service on the Board of Commissioners iCEO May and I have agreed and disagreed on numerous issues, however, I have always appreciated his commitment to DeKalb County. iCEO May inherited a government in crisis and scandal. He worked diligently to address numerous challenges.

There is much work to be done on behalf of DeKalb County taxpayers in 2016 and I look forward to working with Lee May on these important issues facing the county we both love.

Feb 05
2016

“We're on the Verge of Blowing It”

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr speaking to DeKalb County leaders about the importance of coming together to support the development at the old GM plant in Doraville.

From Commissioner Nancy Jester:

Please take the time to read this AJC article, and analysis by Todd Rehm of GA Pundit, about the former GM site.  This particular property (165 acres) is larger than the Atlantic Station development.  It requires substantial infrastructure work, including connecting the site to the Doraville MARTA station.  The county and city of Doraville have already agreed to participate in the tax allocation district (TAD) but the DeKalb School District has not even come to the table to discuss the proposal.  If the school district administration continues to refuse to even discuss this matter, either the Doraville or the DeKalb Development Authority, will likely structure a long-term deal that has the net effect of abating every penny of taxes paid on that property.  With a TAD every dime gets paid.  

Furthermore, the school district will lose it's ability to negotiate with the TAD for much needed capital projects such as a performing arts center, or a new school.  The project, without the necessary infrastructure funding, is at risk for changing from a mixed used development focused on corporate offices, retail, and restaurants, to one with a large number of new apartment units.  What do you think that will do for the schools and the students in the already overcrowded school cluster?  

DeKalb already has a higher percentage of rental units than its surrounding neighbors. From my vantage, if the School District were to negotiate it's participation in the TAD, they could likely get significant new capital projects on the property and continue to receive every dime of current tax revenue.  

If the district refuses to participate, the taxes will likely be removed by an unelected body (a Development Authority), the public infrastructure won't be improved, and the schools will be worse shape than ever before.

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The Mark Niesse AJC story:

DeKalb leaders discuss moving GM site project beyond objections-  http://ow.ly/Y0dDW

The Todd Rehm Ga Pundit (www.gapundit.com) analysis:

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr spoke to DeKalb County leaders about the importance of coming together to support the development at the old GM plant in Doraville.

Remarks by state economic development chief Chris Carr underscored the mounting pressure on the DeKalb school board to take part in a tax incentive plan developers say is critical to decimated by the auto plant's closure in 2008.

He warned that the effort to upgrade the site could fail support for infrastructure improvements, including a street grid and pedestrian connections to MARTA.

"We have an opportunity in our county to have the best site in metro Atlanta - probably one of the best sites in the Southeast - and we're on the verge of blowing it," Carr said during a meeting with a dozen DeKalb lawmakers.

Despite the pressure, DeKalb school board members say they haven't been convinced the redevelopment would benefit students anytime soon.

Its construction depends on financing for the project that would use expected growth in property tax revenue to pay for $247 million in infrastructure improvements. School taxes would pay for more than half that amount, with the rest of the burden shared by DeKalb and Doraville governments, which have already approved their parts of the deal.

DeKalb Board of Education members rightly put the benefits to students at the center of their deliberations, so let me address that briefly. The tax break being sought by the developers here would waive the increased property taxes on the site for several decades to pay for public infrastructure improvements at the site. At the same time, the school system (and thus, students) will benefit from dramatically increased sales taxes at a now-abandoned site and from increased spending by the hundreds or thousands of people who will eventually work at the site.

Beyond the money that will flow into county school coffers, we can't afford to ignore the benefits of job creation. If students perform best when their parents can afford to keep a roof over their heads, the student body in DeKalb will surely benefit, even if indirectly, from job creation in the county. Conversely, if this development fails due to government recalcitrance, DeKalb County overall will likely never see a job creation opportunity like this in my lifetime.

Feb 03
2016
Commissioner Nancy Jester “It’s Your Money" DUNWOODY Town Hall
 
9 February, 2016 7.00pm – 8.30pm All Saints Catholic Church (Social Hall) 2443 Mt Vernon Road Dunwoody
Commissioner Nancy Jester is hosting a countywide Town Hall for DeKalb County taxpayers to discuss and offer public input to the 2016 DeKalb County Budget and the expected $21 million windfall from the refinancing of bonds at low interest rates.
DeKalb County taxpayers will have the opportunity to share their observations on the Budget and offer specific issue recommendations and suggestions for the Budget and how best to utilize the anticipated $21 million in bond money.
 
FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
Feb 03
2016

Commissioner Nancy Jester “It’s Your Money" Tucker Town Hall

23 February, 2016 7.00pm – 8.30p Tucker - Reid H. Cofer Library 5234 LaVista Road Tucker

Commissioner Nancy Jester is hosting a countywide Town Hall for DeKalb County taxpayers to discuss and offer public input to the 2016 DeKalb County Budget and the expected $21 million windfall from the refinancing of bonds at low interest rates.

DeKalb County taxpayers will have the opportunity to share their observations on the Budget and offer specific issue recommendations and suggestions for the Budget and how best to utilize the anticipated $21 million in bond money.

Feb 03
2016

DeKalb County: Glass Recycling Update

DeKalb County is committed to promoting environmental sustainability, with the single-stream recycling program being a critical component of the County’s environmental stewardship efforts. The quality of recyclable materials collected from residents and commercial accounts is an important consideration of the County’s recycling program. The County has offered single-stream recycling collection service to its residents for over 10 years, and will continue to offer this service as a courtesy to residents. However, keeping recyclable materials free of contaminants, particularly glass, is a growing and critical concern not only for the County, but the state of Georgia and the entire nation. 

The glass recycling sort-separation process makes glass an important recyclable material. Separating glass from other recyclable materials is the most effective way to recycle it. This approach is similar to the sort-separation process for plastic bags at drop-off locations such as department and grocery stores.

The DeKalb County Sanitation Division encourages residents to continue recycling glass. In light of the County’s sort-separation glass recycling position, the Sanitation Division has identified and recommends the following sort-separation glass recycling drop-off locations:

Central DeKalb                                                                 Central DeKalb

Target - Private                                                                 Your DeKalb Farmers Market - Private

4241 LaVista Road                                                            3000 E Ponce de Leon Avenue

Tucker, GA 30084                                                             Decatur, GA 30030

Southwest DeKalb                                                          South DeKalb

Target - Private                                                                 DeKalb County Seminole Road Landfill

1275 Caroline Street NE                                                 203 Clevemont Road

Atlanta, GA 30307                                                            Ellenwood, GA 30294

The Sanitation Division is currently researching additional glass recycling drop-off centers. Residents who are unable to use one of the aforementioned glass recycling locations can continue placing glass in their single-stream recycling until further notice. The Sanitation Division is developing an official glass recycling drop-off program, which will provide county-approved glass recycling centers in strategic locations throughout the County, with at least one in each commission district. Glass recycling resources will include secure and easily identifiable outdoor drop-off containers.

Once the process has been fully vetted and all necessary approvals are in place, an implementation schedule outlining the County’s official glass recycling program will be made available to the public.