Chris sends along the ballot that’s up at City Hall for Decatur’s local election tomorrow.
All your favorite candidates are on the list, along with CSD’s $75 million G.O. Bond, and a vote on the DeKalb County Board of Ethics Referendum.
We’ll get to the G.O. Bond in a sec, but were you aware of the Board of Ethics vote? Well, apparently many folks aren’t. DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon sent a note around last week mentioning that she’s been hearing that many folks are unaware of the Ethics Referendum vote and urged approval.
The ballot reads “Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb County?” What the heck does that mean?
According to Commissioner Gannon, the new legislation will:
Create an independent Board of Ethics. No longer will the Board of Ethics be appointed by the CEO and Board of Commissioners.
In addition to elected officials, all County employees, appointed officials and contractors must comply with the ethics standards.
The Ethics Board will hire an Ethics Officer to make certain all County officials and employees are aware of the standards. This ethics officer will monitor a hotline and report alleged ethical violations to the Board of Ethics.
The Board of Ethics has the power to fine, refer for prosecution and reprimand.
Now it’s on the Decatur Schools’ G.O. Bond. You’ve had months, if not years, to consider it. Now it’s time to cast your vote. Take our unofficial, informal, unscientific poll!
If you’ve waited to the last possible moment to learn about the Decatur school system’s $75 million ask, you can check out CSD’s informational pamphlet HERE. There’s also a pro-G.O. Bond website put together by local residents with info HERE.