As we reported via the AJC yesterday, DeKalb’s CEO Lee May gave his State of the County today where he proposed a plan to move some DeKalb County functions out of downtown Decatur and to a new development called “Downtown DeKalb” along Memorial Drive near the Kensington MARTA Station. (You can read the relevant excerpt of the speech over on Decaturish)
We had contacted Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett yesterday for any comment, but he told us he wanted to wait and hear the CEO’s remarks before responding.
Today, after listening to the CEO’s speech, Mayor Baskett remarked to DM that the proposal to move some county functions out of Decatur is inline with other conversations with the county in recent years.
“It doesn’t seem to be a really new initiative in that several years ago we were told that the county was moving as much operations to Memorial Dr. as possible, thus the sale of the Callaway building.”
He also clarified that “Decatur remains the county seat and some operations will remain” in the city. As has been mentioned previously, this would include the County Courthouse, which must be located in the county seat by law.
Reflecting on the impact on Decatur, the Mayor noted that “moving some properties onto the tax rolls is probably not a bad thing.”
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