Importance of Digitizing DeKalb Records Documenting Sale and Purchase of Enslaved Persons

DeKalb County Commission Presiding Officer and District 1 Commissioner Robert Patrick is proud to contribute to DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry’s initiative to create an online database documenting the sale and purchase of enslaved persons in DeKalb County. “In recognition of DeKalb’s 200th anniversary, I’m honored that my office can contribute to this […]

What voters need to know about the SPLOST II vote in DeKalb County on Nov. 7, 2023

DeKalb County SPLOST

In 2017, an overwhelming 71% of DeKalb County voters approved the county’s first Special Option Local Sales Tax (SPLOST), adding a penny sales tax to fund public safety and capital improvements. The penny tax has is expected to generate $636 million for the county and its cities by the time it expires in 2024.  Those […]

Demolition ceremony makes way for new fire station in Tucker

Tucker, GA — City of Tucker and DeKalb County officials gathered on July 28 to kick off demolition of a former Department of Public Health building at 4329 Cowan Road to make way for a new Fire Station No. 5. The new facility will cost $8.2 million and will be the second of five new […]

Brookhaven and Expected Chamblee Annexations Scrutinized

Annexations are complex processes, and with the news reverberating through north DeKalb County following the city of Brookhaven’s announcement that it intends to annex roughly 600 acres around Toco Hills later this month, residents and businesses in the affected areas should understand the potential ramifications of such a move. DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner and […]

Taking properties from blight to bright – new ‘brownfield’ mapping tool details development opportunities for contaminated sites

While DeKalb County is booming, as people and businesses are drawn to the county’s array of cultural, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities, there’s one area of opportunity that a new tool is bringing to light: Brownfields. Brownfields are former industrial or commercial sites where future use is affected by environmental contamination. These could include former gas […]