Report: New cities in DeKalb could mean less money for older cities

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 10, 2014

As I was sitting at my desk at Reporter Newspapers on Wednesday, proofing what will be my last paper as Associate Editor, I read a story published by my soon-to-be former co-worker Melissa Weinman.

This story isn’t getting a lot of attention yet, but it really should. Weinman discovered that DeKalb is one of two counties that levies a Homestead Option Sales Tax. As new cities form in the county, like Dunwoody and Brookhaven, other cities like Decatur see their HOST revenues decline.

“The problem is, because of the HOST and the sales tax collected for MARTA, DeKalb already levies the maximum sales tax allowed under the law,” Weinman writes.

Decatur received $3.7 million in HOST taxes, according to the story.

This is great work and well worth your time to read. To see the article, click here.

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