DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has proposed a 2012 budget that increases spending in the midst of the worst economic downturn in my lifetime.
“This budget is a conservative and responsible budget,” Ellis said. “It emphasizes the highest level of services for the lowest cost to our taxpayers.”
Really? The highest level of service you can muster is an 18-minute 911 response? The Peoples’ Republic of Chamblee turns out their 911 calls in three minutes for fewer dollars of property tax money.
For voters in the potential City of Brookhaven who have seen our DeKalb County Commission raise the millage rate by 26% this year without a single member of the Commission living in Brookhaven, we can do better.
While I’m at it, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Ellis or some member of the DeKalb Commission will suggest another property tax increase during 2012. Mark my words.