The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners last week unanimously approved Tucker’s new classification.
District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson said Tucker met all requirements and has received certification from the tax commissioner.
“I applaud the Tucker business community for stepping up to the plate and creating one of the most innovative tools for economic development and refining community identity,” Watson said. “This will increase Tucker’s ability to promote itself as a place in which businesses flourish.”
Other commissioners expressed pride when acknowledging Tucker’s business community as well.
“Tucker continues to prosper and take care of its own,” said DeKalb District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer.
Becoming an improvement district means Tucker is now a self-taxing district that uses property taxes. Tucker will be able to use those funds for transportation, parks and recreation, storm water and sewage and infrastructure creation or maintenance.
A coalition of business and property owners in Tucker rallied behind the idea to encourage growth and economic development, according to the Tucker community improvement district website.
“Some of the movers and shakers in the area were looking at the quickest way to improve our area,” said Honey Van De Kreke, CID steering committee member.
“After looking at the success of other CIDs like Dunwoody and Stone Mountain, it seemed like a natural decision for our close-knit community. We all want to see success in the area.”
Tucker is the third improvement district formed in DeKalb County, and the only one done strictly through volunteers, Van De Kreke said.
Tucker has more than 31,000 jobs and a $1.3 billion payroll, according to the improvement district website, and the business community is strong, which provides a foundation for the strong tax base.
The distinction gives Tucker a reputation as the area’s center of commercial activity. County resources have maintained Tucker, as it is an unincorporated area, and its new improvement district label allows it to provide for itself.
The process started in September 2012, and Tucker was able to gain improvement district distinction this month, Van De Kreke said.
The next step will be a meeting of the stakeholders to determine what improvements they would like to see in Tucker.