DeKalb city approves tax rate of nothing

Downtown Tucker. Photo: Tucker Facebook page

Downtown Tucker. Photo: Tucker Facebook page

The Tucker City Council has officially adopted a tax rate of zero for residents.

The rate is possible because Tucker, which became a city last year, only provides a few services. They include code enforcement, zoning and permitting.

The $7.6 million budget for Tucker's operations next fiscal year instead is set to be funded by a variety of charges. The city said business licenses, alcohol licenses, permits and utility franchise fees will cover it.

The council approved the tax rate last week. The vote was unanimous.

“It’s about keeping promises,” said city spokesman Matt Holmes.

Because DeKalb County still provides most services, such as police, fire and schools, Tucker residents can’t get out of paying the county.

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