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DeKalb hosting two budget hearings

2/14/2014, 2:33 p.m.

DeKalb residents can weigh in on the county’s proposed budget for 2014 at two public hearings on Feb. 20 and 27 at the Maloof Auditorium in downtown Decatur.

The DeKalb Board of Commissioners is hosting the meetings at 10 a.m. on both days.

The $561.5 million recommended budget includes hiring more police officers, pay raises for county employees, jobs and economic development and beautifying and maintaining public rights of way along nine major corridors. It is $1.4 million more than the current $560.1 million budget.

No tax increase is proposed and the county’s 21.21 millage rate is expected to remain unchanged.

The proposed budget is available for public inspection in the office of the Director of Finance, 6th Floor, Maloof Center, and at all DeKalb County libraries during normal business hours. It can also be viewed at www.dekalbcountyga.gov. The Maloof Center is at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.