Commissioner Says DeKalb Needs Fewer, Not More, Police

Jan 4, 2013

A tax increase is part of DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’s 2013 budget plan as is the addition of 25 more police officers.    

But at least one commissioner says DeKalb needs fewer—not more—police. 

Commissioner Jeff Rader says unincorporated DeKalb County is a lot smaller than it used to be, especially since Brookhaven is now its own city.

Jeff Rader represents DeKalb County's 2nd District.
Credit Courtesy: CrossRoads News

“We need to downsize the organizations that provide those services so that we can start to realize some savings,” Rader says.

Foreclosures and plunging home values mean DeKalb’s tax rolls aren’t providing the income they used to.

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis was not available for comment by deadline. 

Ellis’s budget proposal, which includes a 1.69-mil property tax hike, will likely come up for a vote late next month.