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DeKalb leaders express Fiscal Cliff concerns to feds
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, President of the County Executives of America (CEA), and other county executives representing every region of the United States have issued open letters to the White House and congressional leaders about their concerns regarding the fiscal cliff and its impact on local governments.
“CEA represents over 800 counties with executive forms of government responsible for serving more than half the American population.  The actions of the federal government will have a profound impact on how we govern, and more importantly, our capacity to provide essential frontline services to our diverse constituencies,” said CEO Ellis.  “CEA is prepared to work with the White House and congressional leaders to ensure local governments play a critical role in the legislative process.”
The letters do not support any proposed policy to reform taxes or address sequestration, but places into context how national issues have local implications.  As examples, it highlights the possible reduction or elimination of the real estate mortgage and charitable contribution tax deductions as well as potential cuts in key programs that spur economic growth, improve community health and protect our most vulnerable citizens.
“I want to thank my colleagues in CEA for their leadership on this important issue.  We will continue to monitor the issue and communicate with federal officials on public policy that directly affects the citizens we represent,” stated CEO Ellis.
County Executives of America (CEA) is the only non-partisan association dedicated specifically to chief elected county officials.