DeKalb CEO to present budget

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will present his proposed 2011 budget to the county commission on Wednesday afternoon.

Ellis puts the budget together, but the commission has the final approval. A final vote is scheduled for early next year.

Officials say Ellis will likely call for a property tax increase to meet an anticipated $55 million shortfall in next year’s budget.

Commissioner Lee May, chairman of the budget committee, said the commission will not approve a tax hike until the CEO reorganizes the government and makes drastic cuts in spending.