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DeKalb County commissioners are expected to schedule a November referendum Tuesday for a special-purpose local-option sales tax, or SPLOST, more than 60 percent of which would be for transportation projects.

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DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw said county voters tell him they want potholes fixed and roads resurfaced as soon as possible.

Metro Atlanta Counties Seek Outside Help With Irma Damage

Sep 21, 2017
DeKalb County officials say crews have been working since Irma hit to repair storm damage.
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Some metro Atlanta counties are asking for federal aid to help recover from Tropical Storm Irma.


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DeKalb County had hundreds of trees down. At one point, 170,000 people were without power in DeKalb alone.

Sue Loeffler is DeKalb's director of emergency management. She said it takes a lot to add up damage costs from the storm.

Jack and Michelle Welch with their dog outside the Kirkwood Public House for lunch. They said they have been eating out because they have been without power since Monday and threw out everything in their fridge on Tuesday night.
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More than 170,000 homes and businesses in the 10-county metro Atlanta area were still without power Wednesday afternoon, according to Georgia Power and Georgia EMC outage maps. 

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Outside the Taproom Coffee shop on Hosea Williams Drive, Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum rocked her newborn, Emilia, back and forth in her lap.

DeKalb County Addresses 2 Recent Sewage Spills

Aug 30, 2017
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DeKalb County officials are working to address two major sewage spills in the county during the past couple of weeks.

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County spokesman Andrew Cauthen said permanent repairs are being developed to address last week's spill of 6.4 million gallons of raw sewage at Snapfinger Creek in Lithonia.

“We've stopped the spill, and mitigated the situation, but we've got to basically design a new system for that location,” Cauthen said.

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The way Kennesaw's city ordinance concerning purchasing is currently written City Councilman Jim Sebastian said he could legally get permission to use his city-issued credit card to buy a Mercedes.

"I could tell them I want 10 $3,000 charges to buy my vehicle,” Sebastian said. “And why do I need this vehicle? Because I have to visit a constituent to take them out to lunch."