Local Government Policy Statement
PURPOSE AND GOAL
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce monitors issues before city and county governments and advocates Chamber positions on issues significant to the business community and economic development. The goal is to help create good sound public policy that adequately supports a strong business climate and quality economic growth and community.
In 2015, the Legislature approved H. B. 215, enabling DeKalb County to raise funds necessary for capital projects (transportation and other infrastructure) through a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Read More…
2017 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce advocates for businesses primarily at the local level, regional and, as needed, at the state and federal level. The Chamber uses four pillars in considering positions on issues. Read More…
THE CHAMBER SUPPORTS EQUITABLE AND UNDERSTANDABLE REGULATIONS
A reasonable volume of taxes, clear laws and regulations that are equitably enforced and sensitive to the realities of a market-driven economy.
THE CHAMBER ADVOCATES FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
An accurate assessment of the cost/benefit analysis of any imposed or proposed service.
THE CHAMBER SUPPORTS THE ACCESSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND STAFF
Our members look forward to elected officials and staff responsiveness to concerns and cooperation on matters of mutual benefit. Accurate and timely information about issues and decisions that affect our families and our businesses is vital.
THE CHAMBER SUPPORTS PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
Government is responsible for accomplishing many functions but does not have to do them directly. Government should use a competitive process to seek private partners for contract work when it saves money or increases efficiencies.
THE CHAMBER ADVISES GOVERNMENT TO BE MINDFUL OF THE COMPETITIVE NATURE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR
When governments regulate, they should always consider issues of competitiveness locally, state to state and globally.
THE CHAMBER SUPPORTS PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
The rights to own, use, and sell property is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Eminent domain should be used only as a last resort for public infrastructure and owners must be compensated at a fair market value for their property.
THE CHAMBER SUPPORTS THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AS THE CONSERVATOR OF OUR COMMUNITY’S QUALITY OF LIFE AND A HEALTHY BUSINESS CLIMATE
Both quality of life and a positive business climate are vital in order for business to thrive. Government plays a role in both and needs to keep them in relative balance.
THE CHAMBER RECOMMENDS BUSINESSES ARE CONSULTED ON MATTERS OF INTEREST
Government should seek input from the business community to assist in decision making on business related issues.
THE CHAMBER SUPPORTS REALISTIC FINANCIAL FORECASTS AND CONSERVATIVE BUDGETING
When expenditures exceed projected revenue, expenses should be reduced in a manner that allows government to deliver basic services as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The Chamber will review ballot initiatives requesting additional taxes and evaluate the initiative based on use.
The Chamber’s Legislative Committee will monitor local government legislation and policy as they pertain to Chamber priorities and recommend positions when appropriate to the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
The Chamber will work with local governments to provide input into local policy decisions which directly impact the business community.