Why the Truancy Ordinance is Probably Doomed

The Chronicle reports that city staff may drop the truancy ordinance. The council voted unanimously to postpone any action on the proposal until Sept. 23, but now staff are considering dropping it completely. Except that’s not their call. It’s council’s. This probably indicates there are not enough votes to pass the ordinance. Too bad. Smack…

City of DeKalb, Truancy Services are Not Your Job

Do you ever go into a store during a weekday when your own kids are in school, and see similarly-aged kids and think, “I wonder why they’re not in school?” I’ve done so quite reflexively on occasion, and when that happens I say or do…nothing. Because it’s none of my business. This is between the…

Chronicle Editorial Board Hasn’t Lived Here Very Long

Chronicle staff should live in this county for awhile before commenting on certain issues, such as what one can find today in “Our View: Falling home values a trying trend in county“. When the housing market was healthy and new homes and businesses were built at a healthy clip, the opposite was true. Property values…

DeKalb’s Population Illusions

**Update: DHS enrollment projections for next year have been corrected from 17,000 to 1,700 and I appreciate receiving the email heads up.** Possibly the worst argument in support of the land swap deal between District 428 and Shodeen is this: The land near [DeKalb High School] offers more promise for the district than Kiwanis Park.…

Arguments Against New TIF Districts in DeKalb

Because somebody’s got to do it. Here are the general reasons DeKalb should not open up any new Tax Increment Financing Districts at this time. Pensions. DeKalb’s property tax levy is applied only toward pension costs, and pension costs have been accelerating. Every penny that gets swallowed by the increment has to be made up…

New Per Capita Debt Numbers

[Update 8:30 a.m.: Table headers edited for clarity.] You’ve seen most of this table before. I’ve updated it with FY2011 data from the new Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). [table id=49 /] Most of the overlapping increase came from DeKalb Community Unit School District 428. Mind you, these figures reflect only gross bonded debt. The…

A Closer Look at DeKalb Per Capita Debt

This table was part of Friday’s long post, but deserves some attention of its own. [table id=34 /] You can find the breakdown of the FY2010 overlapping debt in this document, on p. 153. FY2010 ended June 30, 2010. Let’s look at some of the GO bond issues since that date: DeKalb County: $16,000,000, 10/14/2010…