May was a busy month for Tucker’s City Council, as they met four times and hosted the grand opening of their new dedicated meeting space on First Avenue.
The biggest issue decided in May was the approval of Tucker’s FY ’18 budget. The $7.6 million budget passed on May 22 by a 6-0 vote. It will create six new, much-needed staff positions at City Hall, as well as add another $1 million to the City’s reserves. One of the new positions being created is that of a Parks and Recreation Director, a service the City is taking over from DeKalb County.
Additionally, Council decided to approve a proposed multi-family project, the five-story Northlake Senior Apartments. The complex, which will have 90 units reserved for residents 62 and older, was passed on a 6-0 vote. It will be located on Northlake Parkway, just across from the new Tucker Meridian Shopping Center at the old Steak & Ale site.
Council also adopted an ordinance to adjust the City’s hotel/motel tax to the eight percent rate that is uniform across unincorporated DeKalb County. By one estimate, this move will create an additional $171,000 in funds to be spent on projects in Tucker’s Parks and Recreation facilities.
Finally, the Mayor issued a proclamation declaring May 22 to be James P. Jackson Day in Tucker. The honor recognizes the long-time principal of Tucker High School who is moving on this summer to a position with the DeKalb County School District.