We don't need a city to have a community!

Our Mission:

 To promote transparent and effective government in DeKalb County by  encouraging strong citizen engagement at neighborhood, county and  legislative levels. 

Who we are:

DeKalb Strong is a group of engaged citizens from across DeKalb.  We were formed and Articles of Incorporation were submitted on January 12, 2015.   

1. We are active in County Government and at the state legislature to promote policies and actions that benefit the citizens of DeKalb County.

2. When needed, we provide presentations and publications  to inform people about the effects of proposals for new cities and annexations. 

3. We provide information and host forums on local candidates for office and on ballot referendums during election years.

4. We stay attuned to opportunities for advocacy of progressive issues at all levels of Government.


Our board of Directors:

Marjorie Hall Snook

Ron McCauley

Mary Lindsay Lewis

Gall Walldoorf

Jackie Hutter

John Turner

Will Steele


Advisory Panel:

Patricia Killingsworth

What we believe

 

DeKalb County government is broken and  needs to be fixed. We have been experimenting with creating new cities  for about two decades now, and it has been ineffective in improving DeKalb  County government. There are real changes happening to help reform  DeKalb County government, including instituting a permanent, on-going  auditor, establishing an Ethics Board with actual power, and changing  the CEO form of government.  The engaged, qualified, devoted citizens   leading this meaningful reform movement need our support and energy. We  do not need to waste any more time on the cityhood “solution” which has  been proven to be a failed strategy.

County government didn’t  become this mess overnight.  Nor will the reform effort be successful  overnight.  Real progress IS being made.  Creating a new city will  dilute vitally needed citizen energy and redirect a portion to  monitoring another level of government.  Fix DeKalb first!

Despite  what cityhood proponents would try to make you believe: moving tax  revenue away from the county to pay for new cities hurts the county.  It  hurts all of us to have most of our services provided by a county that  has huge areas that have been left unfeasible by haphazard city  formation. This process makes a bad situation worse.  Fix DeKalb first!

If  cityhood is indeed inevitable, it must be pursued in a comprehensive  and equitable manner that looks at county-wide effects instead of  allowing small, self-interested groups to grab land and pit  neighborhoods against one another.  DeKalb County's charter is out of date and in need of revision.  The CEO and the Commissioners need to seat and activate a charter commission.  This will be the  greatest step toward county reform.  A charter commission and further emphasis on governmental ethics is where our  civic energy should be directed.