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Ten years, 30 code-enforcement citations and $400,000 in federal money.

That’s what it’s taking to address blight at the Brannon Hill Condominiums near Clarkston.

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Thursday morning, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond kicks off the demolition of two of the complex's abandoned buildings.

The Brannon Hill Condominiums have highlighted the challenges local governments can face in tackling eyesore properties.

DeKalb County Won't Raise Millage Rates This Year

Jul 11, 2017
For Sale Sign in front of a Marietta home
Al Such / WABE

Unlike many metro Atlanta counties, DeKalb County commissioners voted not to raise the millage rate this year – which means if your property taxes are higher, it's through a different municipal body.

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The county has seven different tax bases, but the state looks only at the county's general and hospital fund for an average millage rate.

DeKalb County To Start Recycling Glass Again

Jul 6, 2017

Starting July 17, DeKalb County is opening 16 stations where you can drop off glass to be recycled.

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For more than a year now, unless DeKalb residents have taken recyclable glass to one of four sites, any glass that's gone in a curbside bin has gone to the landfill.

Water bills are different from other utility bills because they act as a lien on property.
Al Such / WABE

It's a seller's market right now for residential real estate in metro Atlanta. But some DeKalb County homeowners face an extra hurdle if they put their houses up for sale.

For almost two years DeKalb County has been in a water billing crisis. Some residents have gotten water bills in the thousands of dollars while others haven't gotten a water bill in the past several months.

Peggy Hibbert, a DeKalb real estate agent, said unpaid water bills effectively put a lien on homes, which means there can't be a transfer of ownership.

Emory University Main Quad
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

Emory University, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have asked to be annexed into the city of Atlanta. All three institutions are on Clifton Road, in what is now unincorporated DeKalb County.

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“These are nonprofits, so from a financial perspective it'd be very minor in terms of the overall impact on the county budget, at least initially,” DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond told WABE.