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Are you interested in learning more about the development of the plan to address the CSD’s Senior Homestead exemption? If so, please plan to virtually attend this Board Work Session with the Senior Homestead Exemption committee coming up this Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm. Information on how to join the zoom call or how to call into the meeting can be found below. For more about this process, please visit https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/4212.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time Link to Webinar:  https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/91242530790

Meeting ID: 912 425 30790 One tap mobile +1646.558.8656, 912 425 30790# US (NY)

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Today (August 20) is the final day to participate in the Commissioner’s Census Tract Challenge. If you have not responded to the 2020 Census yet, you still have time to help your census tract increase its response rate. The census tract with the greatest increase in response rate for the period of July 20 through August 20 will be eligible to receive a t-shirt or other swag.

Want to check on your tract’s progress? Then check out the City’s GIS portal called Decatur OneMap and add the “Census” layer to the map. As of Wednesday, Tract 226.02 was in the lead but there is still time for the others to catch up or pass Tract 226.02.

Even if you cannot respond by today, you have until September 30th to be counted.

Responding to the 2020 Census is simple and quick. It will only take about 10 minutes of your time. Use a computer, smartphone or tablet and go to My 2020 Census to complete your form. Or you may call 844-330-2020. Several languages are available. Count everyone in your household. By completing the 2020 Census you will help determine how Decatur will grow and thrive over the next ten years.

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If you have not responded to the 2020 Census yet, you may receive a visit from a Census taker. Here’s how to identify a Census taker:

  • Time of Day – Census takers will begin home visits on August 11th between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • ID Badge – Ask for official Census Bureau Identification
  • Vehicle Identification – An “Official Business” notice will be placed on the vehicle
  • Smart Device – Census takers will carry an iPhone to record information
  • Laptop Bag – Census takers will carry a laptop bag to hold necessary materials
  • Wear a Mask – Census takers are required to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet social distancing

An official Census taker will never ask for: your Social Security number, bank account of credit card numbers, anything on behalf of a political party or for money or donation.

If you would like to avoid an in-person visit, take the Census by phone at 844-330-2020 or online.

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As of August 4th, the City’s self-response response rate to the 2020 Census has increased to 72%. We are now ranked 14th in the State, a drop of 5 spots since April. Our goal as a community is to reach 90%.

Responding to the Census is critical to the City (as well as DeKalb County and the State of Georgia) because the results help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into the community every year for the next ten years.

In the next few weeks, you may see Census workers out and about in the City, trying to connect with households that have yet to respond. If you are not interested in receiving a visit from a Census employee, take 10 minutes or so to complete & mail back the paper form you received in March, enter your information online at https://my2020census.gov/ or call the Census hotline at 844-330-2020.

And as the Census Bureau just announced that it will be ending the self-response process as well as its field data collection process on September 30, 2020 instead of on October 31, 2020, it’s now more important than ever to send in your information because Every. One. Counts.

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Circumstances permitting, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will begin resurfacing Scott Boulevard this week. The work is one part of a larger paving project along State Route 8 (SR8) from the Gwinnett County line to Moreland Avenue in Atlanta. The Decatur segment of the project includes milling, re-surfacing and re-striping of Scott Boulevard. Milling and paving is expected to take 6-8 weeks, depending on the weather.

Work is planned for nights between 8 pm and 6 am, starting on Sunday evenings and extending through Thursday. No work is planned for Fridays unless there are weather delays during the week. Scott Boulevard will remain open during the work but there will be lane closures and traffic delays should be expected. For updates on this project and others, visit decaturmakeover.com.

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Changes in Decatur Polling Locations

Five of the 7 polling locations in the City of Decatur are unavailable for the June 9th Primary Election. If you plan to vote in person on Primary Election Day, please review the temporary locations.

The Clairemont West and Decatur polling locations have not changed. Voters will still go to the Church at Decatur Heights (Clairemont West) or Evergreen Baptist Church (Decatur) to cast their ballots.

To confirm your poll’s location, check out the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

If you have questions, contact DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections at voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-298-4020.

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Are you interested in learning about the City’s FY20-21 budget and 2020 millage rates? There are a few ways for you to get involved between now and adoption day on June 15, 2020.

1. Take some time to read through the budget document.

2. Spend some time with the City Manager and the City Clerk while enjoying your favorite beverage or snack at the virtual Budget Happy Hour on Monday, June 8th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Click here to register.

3. Attend a public hearing and let the City Commission know your thoughts on the budget and the 2020 millage rates. There are three public hearings scheduled in the coming weeks. One is Monday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m. and the others are Monday, June 15th at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in via Zoom. Check out the schedule for the registration links.

4. Let us know your thoughts via the Open City Hall forum. Since City Hall is closed to the public right now, you can still let the City Commission know your thoughts by sharing them here.

5. Watch the archived video of the City Commission work session focused on the FY19-20 revised budget and the FY20-21 proposed budget. An archived video of the session is now available on the City’s website.

6. Send your questions &/or comments to City Manager Andrea Arnold (andrea.arnold@decaturga.com) and City Clerk Meredith Roark (meredith.roark@decaturga.com).

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COD Budget for Social (Facebook)

This year’s budget work session is set for 4 p.m. on Monday, June 1. City Manager Andrea Arnold will walk the City Commission through the City’s “pending spending” plan for the FY20-21 proposed budget as well as the revised FY19-20 budget.

There are two ways to access the work session:

1. You can view the session at decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video
2. You can register as an attendee in “view only mode” at zoom.us/j/96411777669

Following the work session, the PowerPoint presentation will be posted to www.decaturga.com/budget.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the budget with the City Commission, consider attending a virtual public hearing on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. as well as June 8 at 6 p.m. and June 15 at either 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Registration information is below.

June 1 at 7:30 p.m. Register at zoom.us/j/93855477195 or dial (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 938 5547 7195)

June 8 at 6:00 p.m.: Register at zoom.us/j/97831285721 or dial (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 978 3128 5721)

June 15 at 3:30 p.m.: Register at zoom.us/j/98216847954 or dial (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 982 1684 7954)

June 15 at 7:30 p.m.: Register at zoom.us/j/98743958590 or dial (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 987 4395 8590)

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DU Social Graphic - Final Week

Legacy Decatur is now in the FINAL week of fundraising efforts for the city’s emergency small business loan program. Give at Legacy Decatur while there’s still time!

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Graphic for Sanitation Reminder

As we prepare to observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 25 this is a friendly neighborhood reminder of the holiday scheduling for City of Decatur Solid Waste and Recycling Services: Regular services for Monday will be on Tuesday, May 26 and regular services for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, May 27 following the holiday.

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