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2016 Annual Meeting – TUESDAY Oct 18th

TUESDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 18, 2016 6:30 to 9:00 P.M.

Elect Your 2017 NBCA Board Members All neighbors are welcome to attend. Only dues-paying members may nominate and vote to elect board members. The board has a slate of nominees, and other nominations may be made from the floor.

Presentation on Planned Changes to Northlake Mall Presentation on Proposed Constitutional Amendment: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?”

EXPLAINED – DeKalb County Homestead Exemption, Act 264, House Bill 596 – 2016

Many voters will be confused by the wording on the ballot for DeKalb County Special Elections — DeKalb County Homestead Exemption, Act 264, House Bill 596. As worded, the measure is very hard to decipher. Fortunately, Commissioner Jeff Rader has provided a clearer explanation for the ballot measure.

The simplest explanation is that voters who want to extend the Homestead Act Exemption Property Tax Assessment Freeze until 2022 should vote “Yes” to approve the legislation. If the legislation is not passed, the freeze will expire at the end of 2016, exposing many homeowners to increased County property taxes.

A longer explanation follows. In 2015, the DeKalb Delegation passed local legislation to call a referendum this November to extend the existing Homestead Property Tax Assessment Freeze (applicable only to County taxes) until 2022. However, the legislation went further to stipulate that, if the voters approved separate referenda to dedicate the Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) exclusively to tax relief (eliminating the current 20% available for capital improvements) AND to approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for capital projects (to replace the 20% HOST allocation to capital), THEN the Assessment Freeze would be TOLLED (suspended) while those taxes were in effect.

The authors of the legislation have said that the wording was in error; instead of “tolled” they meant “extended”. Nevertheless the language is plain, and therefore binding.  As a consequence of this error, the Board of Commissioners withdrew plans for a referendum on the HOST amendment and the SPLOST.  Legislators intend to address the error in this year’s General Assembly.

Topographic and Flood Plain Map

Topographic and Flood Plain Map Section

North Fork Peachtree Creek
(provided by the North Briarcliff Civic Association, 2016)

NBCA_Hydrological and Flood Plain Map -2016


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Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election – March 1st, 2016

ALL PRECINCTS OPEN (go to assigned polling place):  March 1, 2016 7am-7pm
EARLY VOTING:  now through Feb 26, 2016 …

Mon-Fri 7am-7pm + Sat 2/20/16 9am-4pm at:
Voter Registration & Election Office, 4380 Memorial Dr, Ste 300, Decatur 30032
Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Rd, Tucker 30084
Mon-Fri 9am-8pm + Sat 2/20/16 9am-4pm at:
The Galleria at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Rd, Decatur 30034

More info:  or 404-298-4020

Excerpt from
2016 Presidential election year – 3 major elections plus runoffs as needed
March 1 Presidential Preference Primary and Special (Tucker Runoff – March 29)

•    Parties select presidential candidates
•    Tucker special election for city officials/ City of Atlanta SPLOST
•    No nonpartisan races except in Atlanta and Tucker
•    Registration Deadline, February 1 2016

May 24 – General Primary and Nonpartisan Election (Runoff – July 26)

•    Parties select local/state/federal candidates for November election
•    Nonpartisan races for judges and board of education
•    Registration Deadline, April 25 2016

November 8 – General Election (Runoffs – December 6 and/or January 10 2016)

•    Elect president and federal, state and local officials
•    State and local referendums
•    Registration Deadline, October 11 2016

Bill to eliminate the DeKalb County CEO form of government

OTHER LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY relating to local governance:  State Representatives Mary Margaret Oliver and Scott Holcomb are co-sponsoring a bill to eliminate the DeKalb County CEO form of government, to be replaced with a County Commission Chair and a county manager format.   They are working to gather the required support of the majority of the DeKalb delegation’s votes.

–posted 2/17/2016