The Champion Free Press, Friday, June 24, 2011 Page 2A
The DeKalb County Board of Education does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at theDeKalb County School District Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard,Stone Mountain, Georgia on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. 48-5-32, doeshereby publish the following presentation of the current year's tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levyfor the past five years.PROPOSEDM & O DIGEST200620072008200920102011
REAL & PERSONAL 22,043,418,123 22,733,547,716 23,682,799,490 22,743,672,353 22,184,019,392 19,183,990,438MOTOR VEHICLES 1,263,116,150 1,318,080,060 1,357,307,770 1,385,428,820 1,254,986,790 1,225,978,410MOBILE HOMES 1,236,493 749,797 779,464 740,987 656,584 510,171TIMBER - 100% 55,442 0 0 91,018 0 0HEAVY DUTY EQUIPMENT 2,686,586 4,646,669 581,681 163,106 65,347 82,712GROSS DIGEST 23,310,512,794 24,057,024,242 25,041,468,405 24,130,096,284 23,439,728,113 20,410,561,728LESS M&O EXEMPTIONS 2,914,297,856 3,021,895,215 3,038,896,350 3,029,052,913 3,039,974,697 2,912,047,454NET M&O DIGEST 20,396,214,938 21,035,129,027 22,002,572,055 21,101,043,371 20,399,753,416 17,498,514,274GROSS M&O MILLAGE 22.98 22.98 22.98 22.98 22.98 22.98LESS ROLLBACKS 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00NET M&O MILLAGE 22.98 22.98 22.98 22.98 22.98 22.98NET TAXES LEVIED $468,705,019 $483,387,265 $505,619,106 $484,901,977 $468,786,333 $402,115,858NET TAXES $ INCREASE $37,890,460 $14,682,246 $22,231,841 ($20,717,129) ($16,115,643) ($66,670,475)NET TAXES % INCREASE 8.80% 3.13% 4.60% -4.10% -3.32% -14.22%
1. THE NET LEVY DOES NOT REFLECT ACTUAL REVENUE RECEIVED OR AVAILABLE DUE TO VALUE ADJUSTMENTS RESULTING FROM APPEALS, DELINQUENT TAXES,COLLECTIONS FROM PRIOR YEARS, AND A FEE OF 1.25% PAID TO THE COUNTY FOR BILLING AND COLLECTIONS.2. THE 2011 MILLAGE RATE IS THE PROPOSED RATE. THE PROPOSED SCHOOL OPERATIONS MILLAGE IS 22.98 MILLS.3. 2011 DIGEST FIGURES ARE AN ESTIMATE.
CURRENT 2011 TAX DIGEST AND FIVE YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY
Former clerk with dementia still seeking reinstatement
Recreation department worker accused of accepting bribe
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comFormer Superior Court Clerk
, who claimsshe was tricked into re-signing during a period of dementia, is still ghtingto regain her old job.In an afdavit ledearlier this month, Carter stated that she is under medical treatment for a condition that causestemporary episodes of dementia.“I am generally ableto comprehend my surroundings andto understand the consequences of myactions,” Carter stated.In March, Gov.
ofce received a letter of resignationwhich purported to be from Carter.“Effective at ve o’clock p.m. onMarch 24, 2011, I resign the Ofceof Clerk of Superior Court of DeKalbCounty,” the ve-sentence letter stated. “It has been a great privilegeto serve in this capacity for over tenyears.”
, Carter’s chief deputy clerk, was named to the ll theremainder of the position’s term.
, Carter’s attorney, hassaid the former clerk is beingtreated for the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.As clerk, Carter statedthat she was able to carryout her job “with reasonableaccommodations, which in-cluded a mutual understand-ing with my senior staff that,during episodes of dementia,my senior staff memberswould serve as delegees for my duties.“I believe that I could continueto perform my elected duties as clerk of Superior Court with or withoutreasonable accommodations,” Carter stated.In one court document, Parks stat-ed that “a letter of resignation is inval-id to relinquish a public ofce unlesssaid letter was executed with intentionto relinquish the public ofce.“Furthermore, an invalid letter of resignation does not create a vacancyof ofce; therefore, an order by thegovernor appointing a non-elected person into such ofce is void uponits face,” Parks said.Carter has led a petition for quowarranto, a legal maneuver in whichDeBerry would have to prove her claim to be the rightful holder of theofce of Superior Court clerk. In the petition, Carter claims “she was re-moved from that ofce in a fraudulentand unlawful manner by being in-duced to sign a document that she didnot know” was a resignation letter.Carter has also led a petition for writ of mandamus to compel the of-cial recognition of her status as therightful elected clerk.In a response to that petition,DeBerry’s lawyers argue that Carter should not be reinstated because her “dementia and her inability to under-stand the consequences of her actionswould subject her to removal fromofce because of her mental incapac-ity.”DeKalb Superior Court Judge
is expected to ad-dress the motions during a hearing onJuly 26.
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comA worker with the DeKalb Coun-ty Recreation, Parks and CulturalAffairs Department was arrested onJune 15 and charged with accepting a$40 bribe from an undercover agent.In addition to a bribery charge,
, 58, a part-timeworker who coordinated volunteer and court-ordered community ser-vice workers, was charged with falsi-fying community service records andconspiring to defraud the state of thevalue of an individual’s communityservice obligation, according to courtrecords.After Harland appeared beforea magistrate judge on June 15, bondwas set at $3,000.Harland, of Conyers, allegedlyaccepted money in exchange for falsifying documents detailing thecommunity service work completed by offenders.Investigators with the district at-torney’s ofce shut down the mainofce of the Parks, Recreation andCultural Affairs Department at 10a.m. on June 15, said
, the county’s chief communica-tions ofcer. Investigators questionedHarland and seized several boxes of les from the ofce.“The CEO has ordered all staff to cooperate fully,” Brennan said.“Abuse of the public trust will not betolerated.”Harland, who has worked for thecounty since August 2004, is a rela-tive of
Donald E. Frank
, a former DeKalb deputy police chief who wasindicted last year on federal chargesof soliciting and accepting bribes.Frank had served as the head of for-mer DeKalb County CEO
’ personal security detail.