Here's a quick look at some of the more interesting news items throughout the metro area this week.
Dunwoody officials want to know why county taxes in their city increased more than surrounding cities. Dunwoody had the highest county millage hike at 15.25 percent. Doraville, Chamblee and Stone Mountain were issued the next highest — each coming in a shade under 10 percent. Read more: Officials talk Dunwoody millage hike
Milton High School’s basketball coach David Boyd is out before the season had a chance to start. The coach resigned Monday amid allegations of recruiting and undue influence within his basketball program. Boyd denies any wrongdoing. “All I ever tried to do in five, going on six years, was help student athletes become better people, players and students and never contacted any player or family about coming.“ Read more: Boyd out as Milton head coach
Oglethorpe University sits in the heart of Brookhaven, but university president Lawrence Schall, doesn’t see the new city having a positive impact on the university. “My view was and remains that our most significant issues are regional and a regional approach will be required to address them,” Schall said. “That’s harder with more cities, but not impossible.” Read more: Oglethorpe presidents weighs in on Brookhaven cityhood
Add DeKalb County to the list of local school systems under SACS scrutiny. Among the major accusations is the board’s purported shortcomings in the fiscal arena — namely, failure to stay within the confines of its annual budget regarding expenses and monitoring implementation of said budget.
The board is accused of under-budgeting legal expense line items and grossly over-extending them, by 10 to 15 times, the last five years, said Mark Elgart, president and chief executive officer of AdvancED, the parent company of SACS. Read more: DeKalb school board acknowledges allegations
Glenn Richardson is back. This time he is running for a state senate seat, but faces a formidable opponent in Bill Hembree. Hembree was unopposed for the Republican nomination for House District 67 in the July 31 primary. However, he had to resign by Sept. 6 to allow the Georgia Republican Party Executive Committee to choose a replacement nominee for the District 67 seat. If he resigned after Sept. 6, the seat would have gone automatically to Democratic nominee Leigh McMutry of Winston. Read more: Ex House speaker longtime Douglas rep to face off for Senate seat
With a 3 percent decline anticipated in Fulton County’s tax digest for fiscal year 2013, and commissioners having voted against a millage rate increase, county officials are expecting to see a $77 million deficit between revenue and expenditures. The county commission voted against a tax increase earlier this year. Read more: County to explore budget shortfall options
The mayor of Forest Park resigned, effective October 15. Mayor Corine Deyton is citing health concerns for her decision. In a letter read at a council meeting last week, Deyton said mounting stress in her life, especially with the sudden death earlier this year of her best friend and companion, Doyal Barnett, and the passing last November of Council Donald Judson, had taken a toll on her health. Read more: Forest Park Mayor Deyton announces Oct 15 retirement
Sandy Springs police officers like propane-powered cars. The city is allocating $370,000 for new police cars which can use alternate fuel. “Gas is going up and propane is going down,” Police Chief Terry Sult said about a $2 — and growing — price difference. In addition to environmentally friendly benefits, the converted engines have an added attraction for patrol officers. “The officers like it because it’s a higher octane. It gives a little bit more pep to the car,” Sult said. Read more: Sandy Springs encourages business gives police faster rides