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Audio is now available on the City of Decatur website of the Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s information session on the Homestead Exemptions that will be on the November 8 ballot. City Manager Peggy Merriss, City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Dr. David Dude, and City Schools of Decatur Board Chair Annie Caiola were on the panel. The talk was moderated by Lifelong Community Advisory Board member Maria Pinkelton. Special thanks to Lifelong Community Advisory Board member Elizabeth Burbridge for recording the talk.

We apologize that the audio is a little grainy at the beginning but it gets better. Please be certain to listen for at least the first 15 minutes and you will get a good summary. Visit the City Schools of Decatur website for more in depth information. Also, visit the City website for information regarding Homestead Exemptions currently available.

If you would like more information about the Lifelong Community Advisory Board and its committees (Taxation and Affordability, Transportation, Housing, Decatur Neighbors, and Communication), please email leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6548.

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Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s Taxation and Affordability Committee is hosting a Third Thursday information session for City of Decatur residents to learn more about the new homestead exemptions that will come up for vote on the November 8 ballot. Please join us on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, to learn more about the exemptions.

A panel from City Schools of Decatur and City of Decatur will answer questions and provide information about these five homestead exemptions. One of them is an exemption from school property taxes for homeowners over the age of 65—an exemption that expires in five years when it will be re-evaluated.

For more information about the Decatur for a Lifetime initiative or the board, contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

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The Decatur City Commission will hold a work session on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to discuss challenges and opportunities in the FY16-17 proposed budget and FY15-16 revised budget.

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The work session will be held in the City Commission Meeting Room at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street and is open to the public. The work session will also be available for viewing online at https://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-commission/streaming-video.

 

 

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Transportation Alternatives
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 pm
Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

RoadWhere do you want to go? Find out about the many transportation alternatives for getting around when you can’t or don’t want to drive, bike or walk. Some options are ones we take for granted, such as Marta. There are also many more creative options from local nonprofit organizations and universities.

Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board invites you to discover what is currently available and encourages you to offer suggestions for other options that you would like to see in the future. For more information about Lifelong Decatur and the board, contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

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A full recap with photos of Saturday’s Better Together kickoff is posted on DecaturNext.com.

If you were unable to join the conversation on Aug. 29, there are many more ways to participate and make your voice heard. The community survey is still open and can be filled out anytime you have an internet connection (for hard copies of the survey to share with those who are not online please come by the Community & Economic Development Department of City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.). There is a conversation toolkit to help you or your organization host a conversation this month (the deadline for submitting information from your group discussion is Oct. 3).

On social media, use #BTDecatur to share photos and reflections from your experience on Aug. 29 or from any of September’s smaller conversations.

More than 250 people gathered in Ebster Gym on Saturday, Aug. 29 for the Better Together kickoff

 

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The DeKalb County Tax Assessor’s office will be mailing annual assessment notices to property owners beginning tomorrow, Friday, May 29. These notices communicate 2015 property values set by DeKalb County for residential and commercial property. Based on reports from the DeKalb County Appraiser’s Office, the total value of property within the City of Decatur increased 20% over last year’s total property value.  Thirty percent of the increase is due to new property being added to the tax digest. The remainder is due to revaluation of existing properties. This increase is consistent with residential sales data for the City of Decatur as well as increases in property values in other cities within DeKalb County.

The assessment notice will include information on how to appeal the county’s determination of property value. There are specific deadlines associated with the process so please look for more information about the property appraisal process on the DeKalb County website . We encourage you to review the appeal information and to file an appeal if you believe the value established by the county is not correct.

In response to the increase in property values, the Decatur City Commission is considering a one mill decrease in the millage rate. The revenue from property taxes supports the city’s budget, which funds operations such as sidewalk maintenance and construction, community parks and playgrounds, and police and fire services. The City of Decatur budget for the next year has been presented to the City Commission  and they will be asked to vote on the budget at their meeting on Monday, June 15.

Public hearings on the millage rate and budget are scheduled for Monday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m., and Monday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. All hearings will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street. The budget is available for review on www.decaturga.com/budget, at Decatur City Hall and at the Decatur Library.

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Superior Avenue Water Main and Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project Community Meeting

DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Division will be hosting a community meeting to update residents on construction activities in the area. This is your opportunity to find out how these improvements will impact and enhance your community. You may also call 1-800-986-1108 with questions

Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.

Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA  30030
(Lite refreshments will be served)

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Budget 2015The proposed FY 2015-2016 budget will be presented to the City Commission on Monday, May 18th.

So if you’re interested in learning about what’s included in the proposed ”pending spending” plan, join Budget Manager Meredith Roark and Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold on Tuesday the 19th from 6pm to 7:30pm. The Community Budget Gathering will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street.

This is your chance to find out how the budget process works and share feedback. Sign up today with Meredith, Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com or call 404-370-4102, if you think you’ll be attending.

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OCH Decatur School Enrollment Growth

The Open City Hall question about City Schools of Decatur enrollment growth and a possible GO Bond will close at Noon on Monday, April 27. Any resident of Decatur can give feedback before then by going to www.decaturga.com/opencityhall and clicking on “Decatur School Enrollment Growth.” All residents, not just those with children, are encouraged to respond.

There will be a special joint work session with the City Commission and City Schools of Decatur School Board Monday, April 27 at 6 p.m., Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. Those unable to attend in person will be able to watch the live stream  of the meeting here. Please note that there is no public comment period during a work session.

 

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Touch a Budget: The Budget Expo is tomorrow! Come out to the Decatur Recreation Center on March 31st from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to find out what’s in store for FY2015-2016. The purpose of the expo is to engage people of all ages in the city’s budgeting process in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

The expo will feature music, food and prizes. The popular budget bingo game returns this year, appropriate for ages 5 to 105. Public safety and public works vehicles will be parked in front of the Recreation Center for children and adults to see up close. Expo attendees will also be able to visit the Visitors’ Center tent and sign up as special events volunteers.

For more information about this event or the city’s annual budget, visit www.decaturga.com/budget

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