DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond, surrounded by mayors and government officials, speaks about ballot measures to increase sales taxes and cut property taxes during a press conference at the DeKalb Roads and Drainage Division on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM

Mayors and DeKalb officials join forces for sales tax vote

Elected officials from across DeKalb County and its cities are coming together around referendums to raise sales taxes and reduce property taxes.

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond and several mayors said during a press conference Wednesday that the ballot measures would create the county’s first special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST), raising the sales tax rate to 8 percent. 

It would fund road repaving, new fire stations, more police cars and other infrastructure.

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Mayors joined Thurmond, saying they’re united in the goal of improving public facilities.

Voters will decide on the SPLOST and a property tax relief measure on Election Day on Nov. 7. Early voting began Monday.

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