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DeKalb County 2016 Ballot Measures

Nov 7, 2016

For Board of Commissioners District 7 (To Fill the Unexpired Term of Stan Watson, Resigned)

STATUS: Likely runoff between Adams (26.19 percent) and Mangham (16.38 percent) as of 12:50 a.m. on Nov. 9, according to the Secretary of State's office

  • Gregory Adams
  • Diane Daniels Adoma
  • George Chidi
  • Faye Coffield
  • Jerome Edmondson
  • Randal Mangham
  • Edward Patton
  • Rita Robinzine
  • John E. Tolbert Jr.

This election will select the next DeKalb County commissioner for Super District 7, in east DeKalb, to continue the final two years of Stan Watson's term. 

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DeKalb County Homestead Exemption Act 264, House Bill 596

STATUS: Likely passed 69.01 percent to 30.99 percent as of 12:50 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall the Act be approved which amends the homestead exemption from DeKalb County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead by extending the time limitation on such exemption?

This act would extend a Homestead Property Tax Assessment Freeze, which applies to county taxes on owner-occupied homes and is set to expire at the end of this year, until 2022.

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Stonecrest Special Election

Stonecrest Incorporation Senate Bill 208, Act 328

STATUS: Likely passed 59.42 percent to 40.58 percent as of 12:45 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall the Act incorporating the City of Stonecrest in DeKalb County according to the charter contained in the Act and the homestead exemptions described in the Act be approved?

This act would create the city of Stonecrest in what is currently unincorporated southeast DeKalb County, near Lithonia. 

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City Of Atlanta Special Elections

City of Atlanta Transportation-Special Purpose Local Option Sales and Use Tax (T-SPLOST) Referendum

STATUS: Likely passed 76.09 percent to 23.91 percent as of 12:45 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall an additional 0.4 percent sales tax be collected in the City of Atlanta for 5 years for the purpose of transportation improvements and congestion reduction?

This is one of two referendums related to a transportation tax on the ballot in the city of Atlanta. This TSPLOST would enact a 0.4-cent sales tax within the city of Atlanta to fund transportation projects like road and sidewalk repairs, trail construction and other infrastructure needs. 

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Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Sales and Use Tax Referendum

STATUS: Likely passed 79.54 percent to 20.46 percent as of 12:45 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall an additional sales tax of one-half percent be collected in the City of Atlanta for the purpose of significantly expanding and enhancing MARTA transit service in Atlanta?

This is one of two referendums related to a transportation tax on the ballot in the city of Atlanta. This measure would enact a 0.5-cent sales tax within Atlanta to fund the expansion and improvement of the MARTA public transit system. 

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City Of Decatur Special Elections

City of Decatur Homestead Exemption Senate Bill 339, Act No. 382

STATUS: Likely passed 85.79 percent to 14.21 percent as of 12 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from City of Decatur ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of $25,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of the City of Decatur?

This act would increase the amount of an existing homestead tax exemption, which applies to residents in owner-occupied homes, from $20,000 to $25,000.

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City of Decatur Homestead Exemption Senate Bill 340, Act No. 383

STATUS: Likely passed 83.12 percent to 16.88 percent as of 12 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from City of Decatur ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes and from City of Decatur independent school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $50,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that city who are 62 years of age or older and whose income does not exceed $25,000.00, and which provides a homestead exemption from City of Decatur ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that city who are 65 years of age or older?

This act would increase the amount of an existing homestead tax exemption for residents over the age of 65, in owner-occupied homes, from $1,000 to $10,000.

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City of Decatur Homestead Exemption Senate Bill 341, Act No. 384

STATUS: Likely passed 85.15 percent to 16.85 percent as of 12 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall the Act be approved which repeals an obsolete homestead exemption for residents of the City of Decatur?

This act would repeal a previous homestead tax exemption, that has not been actually in effect for a decade and a half. The general homestead tax exemption, on owner-occupied homes in the city of Decatur, was increased in 2001 from $10,000 to $20,000, but the language of the old tax exemption, even though it was superseded by the new exemption, was never formally removed. 

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City of Decatur Homestead Exemption Senate Bill 342, Act No. 385

STATUS: Likely passed 82.09 percent to 17.91 percent as of 12 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from City of Decatur ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes except for ad valorem taxes levied to pay interest on and to retire municipal bonded indebtedness in the amount of $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that city who are 62 years of age or older and whose income does not exceed $50,000.00?

This act would create a homestead tax exemption of $15,000 for Decatur residents over the age of 62 in owner-occupied homes whose income is not more than $50,000. It would only apply to municipal taxes, and not school district taxes.

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City of Decatur Homestead Exemption Senate Bill 343, Act No. 386

STATUS: Likely passed 75.16 percent to 24.84 percent as of 12 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from City of Decatur independent school district ad valorem taxes for education purposes for five years in the full amount of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that school district who are 65 years of age or older?

This act would create a homestead tax exemption from general school taxes for Decatur residents who are over the age of 65 in owner-occupied homes. The exemption would last for five years.

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City Of Pine Lake Special Election

City of Pine Lake Package Sales

STATUS: Likely passed 89.32 percent to 10.68 percent as of 12 a.m., according to the Secretary of State's office

Shall the issuance of licenses for the package sale of distilled spirits be approved?

This election will decide whether the city of Pine Lake should approve licenses to sell packaged liquor. 

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