Despite the deficit, DeKalb’s budget will still balance by using some of its reserve funds.
The budget calls for the county’s tax funds to finish 2017 with $33 million in savings, which is $17 million short of the county’s goal of having one month’s worth of operating funds in reserve.
DeKalb's budget is strained by $17.2 million for employee pay raises approved last year, $10.8 million for Traffic Court, property tax exemptions and the recent incorporations of several new cities.
Overall, the county’s $1.3 billion proposed 2017 budget is 5 percent smaller than last year’s.
The DeKalb Commission is reviewing CEO Mike Thurmond’s recommended budget before voting on it at the end of this month.