Elections and Running for Office

General Municipal Election Information

The City of Avondale Estates is governed by a board consisting of a mayor and four commissioners. The members are elected by the residents of Avondale Estates and serve four-year terms. The city holds nonpartisan municipal general elections biennially in odd years on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. 

2023 Election Summary Report

EHOST and SPLOST 2 Approved


A pair of referendums were approved on the 2023 DeKalb ballot – one providing tax relief for homeowners and another providing funding for the city’s capital projects.
 
EHOST
In August the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a tax cut proposal that is projected to save DeKalb homeowners $1 billion over a six-year period. In November, voters approved the Equalized Homestead Option Sales Tax (EHOST) referendum that will generate property tax relief via a credit for homeowners who qualify for a homestead exemption. 

Qualified DeKalb County homeowners will receive a credit that reduces or offsets property tax liability. The current EHOST will expire at the end of the year. Since the referendum passed, EHOST tax relief will continue in 2024.

The amount of property tax relief received by a qualified homeowner is based on the assessed value of the homestead property and sales tax revenue generated by EHOST.

The EHOST credit is not applied against taxes levied by DeKalb municipalities, school districts or tax allocation districts. 

An EHOST was previously approved by voters in 2017 and will reach $738 million by the end of 2023. 

DeKalb County is the only Georgia county with a local sales tax that is 100 percent dedicated to property tax relief.

SPLOST II
The DeKalb County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST II) is a one-cent sales tax that provides funding exclusively for capital projects – roads, buildings, vehicles and major equipment, and other long-term improvements. SPLOST I was approved by voters in a referendum in November 2017 and will run through 2023. SPLOST I is expected to generate over $388 million. 

Avondale Estates received over $3 million from SPLOST I that was used to pave roads, repair sidewalks, install curbs and purchase police vehicles

SPLOST II is expected to generate approximately $850 million over the next six years for capital improvements county-wide with approximately $4.35 million allotted to the city.

The county and the cities are adopting an intergovernmental agreement that creates a distribution formula based on the population of each city. The city’s distribution percentage will not be less than 0.512%.

During discussions between the county and other municipalities, the city of Avondale Estates requested additional distribution to the four smallest cities in DeKalb, each of which has less than 1% of the share of the total population of DeKalb.

Qualifying to Run for City Office

On behalf of the citizens of Avondale Estates, thanks for considering public office. Per Section 2.11 of the city's charter and State Law O.C.G.A. §45-2-1, candidates must meet the qualifications outlined below.

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Steps to Qualify as a Candidate

  1. Review and complete all the required forms under the Candidate Qualifying Forms section.
  2. Print all required forms and submit them to the City Clerk at City Hall Aug. 21-24, 2023 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1-4:30 p.m. *Please note: only the City Clerk can qualify candidates.
  3. Forms requiring a notary can be notarized at City Hall (Forms must be signed in front of a notary, not before).
  4. Submit the qualifying fee ($144 for commissioner candidates or $216 for mayor). The city can accept checks made out to the City of Avondale Estates or payment by credit card (a 3% fee will be charged on credit card transactions). 

The City Clerk will review applications upon submittal. Candidates will be notified they have qualified pending completion of the background check. 

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Campaign Recordkeeping 

Detailed records must be kept of all contributions received and expenditures made. Records must be maintained by the candidate or treasurer of a campaign committee and may be inspected by the Commission at any time. Financial records of the accounts kept by a candidate or candidate’s committee are required to be preserved for three years from the termination date of the candidate’s campaign. However, since public disclosures are maintained for not less than five years, candidates are advised to keep records for at least five years. Anonymous donations are not allowed.

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