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New date added to DeKalb's schedule of sanitation public outreach meetings
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New date added to DeKalb's schedule of sanitation public outreach meetings

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Department of Sanitation has added a date to the series of public meetings to discuss the future of garbage pickup in the county. The next meeting will be held today, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Stephenson High School, 701 Stephenson Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087.

Residents are invited to share their concerns about potential changes to garbage collection at the meetings. The issues before the public are whether DeKalb County should reduce the current garbage collection schedule to one day per week or maintain the current collection schedule of twice per week. If DeKalb County maintains its current schedule of twice per week, the sanitation fee would increase from $265.00 to $305.00 per year. The fee is included on property owners’ annual property tax bill; however, it is not a part of the tax funds budget.

DeKalb County has not increased the sanitation fees since 2006. The fee adjustment would cover the increase in fuel costs and operating expenses for sanitation trucks. Expenses are expected to outpace revenues in 2013, thus necessitating a decision on whether to pick up fewer times or charge more for the service.

The final meeting in the series will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. during the DeKalb Legislative Community Cabinet Meeting at Chapel Hill Middle School, 3535 Dogwood Farm Road, Decatur, GA 30034.

The CEO and the Board of Commissioners will receive the results of public input in February.  For more information, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/publicwrks/sanitationGarbage/index.html or call 404-371-3689.

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