The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to put a sales tax increase on November's ballot. From left: Commissioners Nancy Jester, Larry Johnson, Kathie Gannon, Steve Bradshaw, Mereda Davis Johnson and Greg Adams. HYOSUB SHIN /

DeKalb sales tax increase put on November ballot

The DeKalb County Board of Commissions is putting a proposal to increase sales taxes on November’s ballot.

The board voted 5-1 on Tuesday to hold a Nov. 7 referendum on the sales tax increase, from 7 percent to 8 percent.

The special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) would raise about $100 million annually over the next six years for long overdue road repaving, fire station repairs and other backlogged infrastructure construction.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about DeKalb’s sales tax vote

In addition, voters will also be asked to decide in November on a proposal to decrease homeowners’ property taxes. 

If approved, the existing homestead option sales tax (HOST) would be used entirely to reduce county property tax bills. Currently, 80 percent of HOST goes toward property tax relief, and 20 percent is sent to local governments.

RELATED: View the proposed DeKalb SPLOST project list

Exclusive to subscribers: Read the full story on

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.