Planning and

Executing to sustain the present and planning to secure our future are the most important duties of city leadership. As one of the largest and oldest communities in Georgia, it is critical that attention is paid to preventing and addressing sinkholes, crumbling infrastructure, and storm sewers that are collapsing. 

The American Rescue Plans act, an economic stimulus package created under the Biden administration, will release 2 disbursements of $6.7 million, over a 2-year span, to the City of Tucker. These funds can be used for the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic including public health and infrastructure. While this provides a cushion for execution of our immediate needs, as a newly incorporated city, there is a greater need to propose a budget to sustain our future. 

Proposal Highlights

  • Propose a budget that seeks to sustain the city through 2030, by reducing reliance on SPLOST funds.
  • Identify additional sources of revenue and begin collection immediately.
  • Allow the City Council to discuss implementing developer paid impact fees for developers interested in building in residential and/or commercial zones. Impact fees are one-time fees charged to land developers to help defray the costs of expanding capital facilities to serve new growth. Current leadership will not even allow the discussion.  
  • Balance the budget between impact fees and watershed fees which will allow the City of Tucker to invest in fixing the infrastructure. At $48 per year, Tucker ranks among the lowest for watershed fees, while neighboring cities pay as much as $150 per year. If we at some point take over storm-water from DeKalb county, a small increase below the local average could nearly double the city budget and provide for repairs.
  • Hire a dedicated full-time Citizen Responder who can act as a point of contact for residents, who will work in conjunction with DeKalb County and our City Attorney to demand that these collapsed storm drains are repaired.  More often than not homeowners are having to sue DeKalb County to get action, but only a small portion of our residents can afford representation of their own; so, these problems are going unfixed and are presenting a safety hazard to our families.  We must do better at holding DeKalb County to task at abiding by our intergovernmental agreement. 
  • Launch a Clean Air and Water Campaign to persuade businesses to implement preventative maintenance strategies that will eliminate leaching of hazardous materials into the water and soil.