County Budget Proposal Would Cost Us

According to the Daily Chronicle, last night the DeKalb County’s Finance Committee voted to send an FY2011 budget proposal to the full county board that contains cuts to the health department and sheriff’s office — as well as a property tax hike of about 2.4% for the average homeowner.

What’s the deal?

[Deputy County Administrator Gary] Hanson said the 2011 budget will be larger because of the courthouse expansion and installation of a county-wide, fiber-optic network.

“Overall the county budget will be up and it’s those two projects that will drive it,” Hanson said.

Beyond the bass-ackwardness of the budget priorities, what happened to the promises that the courthouse project would not raise our taxes?