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DeKalb reform group nears completion

A group of DeKalb County lawmakers and community members plans to finish its work next month and make recommendations for changes in how government works.

The DeKalb Operations Task Force met for the first time at the Maloof Auditorium on June 5, 2014. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

The DeKalb Operations Task Force has been examining the impact of new cities, distribution of tax proceeds and ethics issues since June. Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May created the task force to find ways to improve the county's government structure.

May recently extended the deadline for the task force to complete its work because it needed a couple of more weeks. The group plans meet twice more before its new Dec. 15 deadline.

In recent meetings, the task force has discussed term limits for the Board of Commissioners, creation of an internal auditor position, outside appointments to the Board of Ethics, allotment of homestead option sales taxes (HOST) and the affect of new cities on county government finances.

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The DeKalb Operations Task Force's next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Maloof Auditorium in Decatur.

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Mark Niesse covers elections, the Georgia General Assembly and state government.

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