DeKalb County has released an independent audit of County Commission spending for the last ten years.
The audit includes on use of county purchasing cards. The so-called “P-cards,” which function like debit cards, are used by elected officials and some staff members to pay for work-related expenses. The P-cards have been the focus of ethics complaints against several commissioners.
DeKalb County’s Police Chief has just been promoted to an administrative job overseeing not only police but all public safety functions.
At least in the eyes of one county commissioner, an indication of Cedric Alexander’s performance in his new post will be how much money he can save.
In announcing Alexander’s promotion Thursday to Deputy Chief Operating Officer in charge of Public Safety, interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May said, “What we have here today is a unified front with the Board of Commissioners and the Office of the CEO in lockstep on this.”
DeKalb County Commissioners will face tough choices as they begin weighing how to balance the 2013 budget Tuesday.
As a result of declining property tax revenue and the incorporation of the city of Brookhaven, commissioners will have to consider spending cuts or a potential property tax rate increase proposed by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis. The 1.9 percent millage rate increase would cost almost $49 more per year for owners of a $200,000 home. But Commissioner Jeff Rader is hoping to avoid that increase.