City or County?
The DHCA board has not adopted a formal position on the options faced by Druid Hills residents of unincorporated DeKalb County. However, the board has voted to call for a referendum on annexation into the City of Atlanta. The DHCA urges neighborhood residents to stay informed about the issues and – if they develop a preferred option – to become politically engaged (i.e., communicate with their state representatives and participate in advocacy organizations). Neighbors with questions or concerns may contact the DHCA officers. We also encourage posts to the comment boxes. For media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Survey Report: Druid Hills Survey Final Report
The DHCA Survey Committee sent the following letter to Druid Hills residents on October 14, 2014. It provides important information about taxes, schools, and services within the three options that the neighborhood faces.
DHCA President Justin Critz sent the following letter to Druid Hills residents on August 8, 2014. It refers to the cityhood issue as the most profound issue that the neighborhood has faced since the Presidential Parkway in the 1980s.
Comparison of Three Governance Options for Druid Hills Residents
A comparison of the governance, taxes, schools and services for City of Atlanta, unincorporated DeKalb and a new city option.
Comparison of Senior Exemptions in DeKalb County & City of Atlanta: Senior Exemptions Comparison
Senior Tax Exemption Analysis: Senior Tax Exemption Comparison
City of Atlanta Exemptions: Atlanta Exemptions
DeKalb County Exemptions: DeKalb County Homestead Information
Source: DeKalb County website, “Tax Commissioner” section. See “Frequently asked Questions” / “Other Local Exemptions” / City of Atlanta. For DeKalb County, see “Exemptions.”
City of Atlanta / DeKalb County 2014 Tax Comparison
The DeKalb County Tax Commissioner has reviewed this spreadsheet for accuracy. For more information on the spreadsheet below, please click Atl DeKalb Spreadsheet Notes.
|Fair Market Appraised Value||Uninc DeK||DeK Schools||Total Uninc DeKalb||Atl City||Atl Schools||DeK Base||Total Atl in DeK||Property Tax Differences|
Assumptions and caveats:
2014 millage rates apply.
Includes HOST Tax Credits. Basic Homestead Exemption only; not valid for other exemptions or freezes.
Assumes Atlanta Public Schools taxes will apply for annexed areas.
Local government property tax comparison only.
Water and Sewer fees are billed separately. City of Atlanta states that DeKalb rates will remain in effect for any annexed area.
Sanitation Fees: $265, DeKalb; $586, Atlanta.
Atlanta does not have DeKalb’s fees for street lights ($25), speed humps ($25), and storm water ($48).
Media Coverage & Political Commentary
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