DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond says he’s bringing county government back to basics by fixing its most pressing problems: water overbilling and sewer service.
“We have neglected and mismanaged DeKalb’s most important resource, which is its water and sewer system,” Thurmond said. “This current state of affairs will not be allowed to continue under my administration.”
He highlighted several steps he’s taken in his speech Thursday to business leaders at the event hosted by the Council for Quality Growth and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.
Thurmond proposed — and the DeKalb Commission passed — an annual budget that includes $1.5 million in additional funding for staffing, training and auditing of excessive water bills.
Since taking office, he has also started a $2.6 million effort to clean litter and unclog storm drains across the county.
In addition, he launched a $700,000 program to provide summer internships to reduce unemployment among people ages 14 to 24.
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