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Statement on Proposed Soccer Deal in DeKalb, 8/3/15Dear Friends,
The use of public money for Stadiums is in the news. From Cobb County’s behind closed doors rushed deal to the Presidents proposal to curtail the federal tax breaks for what John Oliver correctly defines as the businesses of wealthy owners. Now we in DeKalb have our own opportunity to rush into a behind closed doors deal to contribute public money to a stadium complex for a wealthy owner.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was presented to the BOC last Tuesday with a requirement to vote on it this Tuesday, tomorrow, 8/4/15. Some commissioners were ready to vote that same day. Apparently they were behind those closed doors.
I have a long list of questions regarding the extent of public (YOUR) money to go into the project and the benefits that will come to YOU.
So far there isn’t much balance.
View my full statement in opposition of this deal.
Commissioner Gannon's Statement on the Mid-Year Budget/Millage Rate Vote
The area where the County provides city services has shrunk. There is the possibility that it could shrink again. This is not the time to spend every new penny that the county collects. Our legislative duty was to set the millage rate. The mid-year is an opportunity to correct budgets based on a better knowledge of property tax revenue and the real needs of our service providing departments. Some of the amendments in the original proposal, made weeks ago, were legitimate needs. However, on Tuesday morning at 9 AM those needs had increased an additional $6+ million to include “pork” projects designed to assure the four votes necessary for passage. So, while the county will collect more money due to the higher value in property assessments, they will spend that money as soon as it reaches our checkbook and the lower millage rate will do most of you no good because your higher home value will mean you will pay a higher property tax. I would say this is a step backwards.
Commissioners Respond to Interim CEO’s Criticism
In finally resigning his Commission Seat after 23 months as
Interim Chief Executive, Lee May has made much of the resistance of “three
Commissioners” of the BOC to his efforts to install a hand-picked successor to
represent District Five. As the “three
Commissioners” he referred to, we think the public might benefit from a broader
perspective on the issue.