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Get Ready…Get Set…Go Vote!

2018-10-18T15:37:05+00:00October 16th, 2018|News|

Don’t wait until Election Day to vote — take advantage of early voting locations opening throughout DeKalb beginning Monday the 15th.  …Remember you also have the option to vote from the privacy of your home by requesting an absentee ballot to vote by mail (VBM).

There are several polling locations and times to place your ballots. Click here to view the closest location near you!

You may also view the voter specific sample ballot by logging in to mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP. At this link you can also view your polling location for November 6th, the LAST DAY TO VOTE and you must go to your assigned precinct.

Let your vote be counted. In order to see changewe all must be the change

Visit DeKalbVotes.com, for current election information.

 

Constitutional Amendments and Referendums on the Ballot Below! 

View the amendments and what they possibly mean for you and DeKalb! 

Amendment 1:
Creates the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to protect water quality, wildlife habitat, and parks.
Without increasing the current state sales tax rate, shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to create the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to conserve lands that protect drinking water sources and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; to protect and conserve forests, fish, wildlife habitats, and state and local parks; and to provide opportunities for our children and families to play and enjoy the outdoors, by dedicating, subject to full public disclosure, up to 80 percent of the existing sales tax collected by sporting goods stores to such purposes without increasing the current state sales tax rate?

Additional information: 
This would allow a portion of the existing sales tax on outdoor sporting goods to be dedicated to the protection of the states land, water, and wildlife. More information can be found here.

Amendment 2:
Creates a state-wide business court to lower costs, enhance efficiency, and promote predictable judicial outcomes.
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to create a state-wide business court, authorize superior court business court divisions, and allow for the appointment process for state-wide business court judges in order to lower costs, improve the efficiency of all courts, and promote predictability of judicial outcomes in certain complex business disputes for the benefit of all citizens of this state?

Additional Information: 
This amendment would create a state-wide business court to handle pre-trial proceedings in business-related cases.  Final trial would be in the local court.  Business court judges would be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for five year terms.  Counties would retain the ability to create their own business courts.  Parties in a case before a county business court could agree to remove it to the state-wide court. This amendment will create a streamlined court process for business disputes when both parties are businesses and desire to utilize the business court.

Amendment 3: 
Encourages the conservation, sustainability, and longevity of Georgia’s working forests through tax subclassification and grants.
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to revise provisions related to the subclassification for tax purposes of and the prescribed methodology for establishing the value of forestland conservation use property and related assistance grants, to provide that assistance grants related to forest land conservation use property may be increased by general law for a five-year period and that up to 5 percent of assistance grants may be deducted and retained by the state revenue commissioner to provide for certain state administrative costs, and to provide for the subclassification of qualified timberland property for ad valorem taxation purposes? 

Additional Information: 
This amendment would allow the General Assembly to create a separate property tax appraisal standard and appeal process for property used to grow timber. It would also reduce the time frame an owner must keep a parcel under a forestry use covenant from 15 to 10 years.
Proponents such as the GA Forestry Association say that it will create a more uniform, fair market valuation for timberland, which may make it easier to preserve certain areas as timberland. It could also result in a bit of a windfall for some timberland owners.

Amendment 4: 
Provides rights for victims of crime in the judicial process.
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide certain rights to victims against whom a crime has allegedly been perpetrated and allow victims to assert such rights?

Additional Information:
This amendment, known as Marsys Law would create a victims rights process where victims would have the option to receive notification of all proceedings and be heard in any proceeding involving the release, plea, sentencing, disposition, or parole of the perpetrator. It would not oblige the state to provide an attorney for a minor, deceased, or incapacitated victim. Victims whose rights are violated would be able to seek a court order to enforce them but not to sue for monetary damages. This amendment grows out of a national effort by the brother of a murder victim in California named Marsy. For more information about this effort go here  Marsy’s Law.   A contrary viewpoint regarding this effort can be found here.

Amendment 5: 
Authorizes fair allocation of sales tax proceeds to county and city school districts.
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize a referendum for a sales and use tax for education by a county school district or an independent school district or districts within the county having a majority of the students enrolled within the county and to provide that the proceeds are distributed on a per student basis among all the school systems unless an agreement is reached among such school systems for a different distribution?

Additional Information:
E-SPLOST is the penny school tax paid in DeKalb to fund school construction, renovations and other large capital purchases. This amendment would allow an E-SPLOST referendum could be called by a school district or a group of school districts representing the majority of students.  This matters when a county has both a county school system and an independent school system operating inside it.  Funds would be distributed pursuant to an agreement between the school systems. If no agreement is reached, funds would be distributed based on local law, if applicable, or full time enrollment.

State Referendum A: 
Provides for a homestead exemption for residents of certain municipal corporations.
Do you approve a new homestead exemption in a municipal corporation that is located in more than one county, that levies a sales tax for the purposes of a metropolitan area system of public transportation, and that has within its boundaries an independent school system, from ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of the difference between the current year assessed value of a home and the adjusted base year value, provided that the lowest base year value will be adjusted yearly by 2.6 percent?

Additional Information:
This referendum only applies to the City of Atlanta. The Atlanta delegation to the General Assembly could not agree on the language for local legislation so it has become a statewide referendum. The intent is to cap property taxes for older or lower income homeowners. House Bill No. 820 Act No. 346 Ga. L. 2018, p. 235

State Referendum B:
Provides a tax exemption for certain homes for the mentally disabled.
Shall the Act be approved which provides an exemption from ad valorem taxes on nonprofit homes for the mentally disabled if they include business corporations in the ownership structure for financing purposes?

Additional Information:
Question B provides that a nonprofit home for the mentally disabled will not lose its tax exempt status if a lender becomes an owner of the home for the purposes of providing financing for construction or renovation of the home. The lender cannot keep any ownership interest in the home after the debt has been paid off for this provision to apply.

DeKalb Referendum:
Sunday Alcohol Sales 
Shall the governing authority of Unincorporated DeKalb County be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM?

This Referendum is called the Brunch Bill. It will permit restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays at 11 AM. Current law permits alcohol sales at 12:30 PM.

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