In January of 2022 and again in 2023, my colleagues elected me as the BOC Presiding Officer. I am humbled and grateful for their vote of confidence. Since 2022, I have presided over some very important and difficult legislative matters such as the decennial redistricting and the upcoming SPLOST II referendum.
The pandemic has caused us to re-examine DeKalb County, its future, and how we conduct business moving forward. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners as we continue to make hard, yet sound decisions that will impact our residents, businesses, employees, and other stakeholders for years to come.
Key Policies and Legislation
2022 BOC Legislative Priorities
Each year, the BOC compiles a list of legislative priorities to submit to our State Delegation. In 2022, I changed the process in which our priorities are established and vetted.
Every 10 years, based on the federal census data, district boundaries for elected offices are redrawn as necessary to ensure equal representation of a jurisdictional population
Federal Community Direct Spending Package
After a 10 year ban, federal earmarks returned in 2021. I led the BOC through the process of applying and approving a package of projects for appropriations resulting in $6.5 million for BOC projects.
Watershed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
2023 BOC Legislative Priorities
Each year, the BOC compiles a list of legislative priorities to submit to our State Delegation
The State Legislature approved a new SPLOST expansion that will be up for a vote in November 2023
Stormwater Fee Increase
For the first time in 20 years, DeKalb County proposed to raise stormwater fees to meet growing stormwater demands.
BOE/BOC Joint Meetings
I continued Commissioner Bradshaw's standing meetings with the Board of Education to discuss matters that impact both BOC and the BOE.
San Diego Peer City Trip-Transit
Marta hosted members of the BOC to San Diego to review and discuss the city's transit system to assist in DeKalb's transportation planning.