Atlanta county studies 17 percent tax hike

Thursday, July 10, 2014 7:07 AM
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ATLANTA — Leaders in one of Georgia’s largest counties are debating a proposed 17 percent property tax hike.

Commissioners in Fulton County got input from taxpayers Wednesday as they debated what would be the first increase of its kind in more than 20 years.

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves tells WSB-TV declining revenues and increased costs have left the county with a $40 million to $50 million budget shortfall.

Fulton County is home to Atlanta and several of its northern and southern suburbs.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/10/14 - 06:58 am
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Typical Dumb Politician solution

Instead of promoting frugal spending.
Instead of promoting new business and Job growth and spending.
Instead putting the generational benefit receivers to work and with a income.

Their solution is RAISE TAXES on those that actually produce equal to the demands of that that do not produce. Thus making the area unattractive to businesses that produce jobs that employ the unemployed that drain county budgets.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/10/14 - 07:06 am
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No, nocnoc, I think they just

No, nocnoc, I think they just finally ran out of money.

And something like this is coming for Richmond County, too.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/10/14 - 07:12 am
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Exactly nocnoc

Instead of eliminating the waste, they ask for more, which they will again waste. Gov't at it's finest.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/10/14 - 07:36 am
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17% is a big hit at one time. Even if a tax increase is warranted that's way too much at one time. Are they democrats in Fulton county?

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RMSHEFF 07/10/14 - 07:38 am
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The next Detroit? Inept and

The next Detroit? Inept and corrupt leadership will cause those that can flee Fulton county to do so. This has been happening in Augusta/ Richmond county for a couple of decades now. Those with the ability to leave Richmond county moved to columbia county to escape a failing school system,high crime and falling property values. They are actually fleeing Liberal fiscal polices. Just look at all of the states and cities that are run by liberals and those are the places that have high crime, high taxes and budget problems. Unfortunately, after the liberals destroy a state or city, they leave and start on the next victim......ie south florida!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/10/14 - 07:47 am
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Corgi you are right about

Corgi you are right about Richmond County with its population of welfare people and those on the dole. Every county government will face that problem because they give more and more. The police want more and more in their cars, the workers want more benefits, the retirees want more. Everybody thinks they deserve more and then where is the money to provide. Hince the Taxpayer and not those on the public dole.

thauch12
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thauch12 07/10/14 - 08:33 am
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If anything, this is fuel for

If anything, this is fuel for the fire for the push for northern Fulton County (the more affluent/Columbia County-esque area vs. the poorer/Richmond County-esque areas to the south) to form its own county. This should be fun to watch...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/10/14 - 08:53 am
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Milton county maybe

OOh how they want that to happen!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/10/14 - 10:50 am
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JRC

"Police want more and more in their cars"

Through drug seizures and traffic citation fines, police pay for all that equipment WITHOUT a dime of tax money, and actually cover the majority of their salaries!! No, that's NOT the purpose of traffic fines, but the result of enforcing traffic laws; is that Counties DO make money off them.

The other folks on here are right, at the end of the day, this is a result of reckless, irresponsible spending!! The politicians need to be held accountable for THEIR own spending, not the tax payers held responsible to COVER their spending!!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/10/14 - 10:54 am
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But, as I've seen numerous

But, as I've seen numerous people on here state; when the number of people receiving FREEBIES from the government, increase; the number of producers goes down!! Then, the governments (Fed, State and Local) will certainly run out of money and need more!! Just wait until all these recent illegals start receiving their FULL benefits!! Some of them are coming to Georgia!!

Watch and see!! They are going to force you and I to continue paying MORE, to support everyone else, including illegals!!

countyman
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countyman 07/10/14 - 12:46 pm
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''If anything, this is fuel

RMSheriff.. Those people leave when the percentage of black people reaches an certain point... Nobody is moving from South Augusta to Columbia County anymore... Many of those people in CC will move further out into the county or Lincoln/Mcduffie in a few years.. Columbia County doesn't offer a urban core to bring them back either..

''If anything, this is fuel for the fire for the push for northern Fulton County (the more affluent/Columbia County-esque area vs. the poorer/Richmond County-esque areas to the south) to form its own county. This should be fun to watch...''

Why didn't the private developer behind the outlet mall get this memo? The demographics of the Village at Riverwatch are more affluent compared to many parts of Columbia County..

thauch12
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thauch12 07/10/14 - 01:25 pm
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Hahahahahahahaha do you even

Hahahahahahahaha do you even know what demographics are?! Because apparently you want to compare the "demographics" of a shopping center to vague "parts of Columbia County" which makes absolutely no sense. The outlet mall and shopping center are all well and good, but the fact of the matter is that it's located less than 2 miles from the Columbia County line, right next to a major interstate. If it were downtown or on the southside, your argument that they came for the "demographics" of Richmond County would hold water. But that's clearly not the case.

That being said, this is a pissing contest that I'm steering clear of today. My original point (as a former Atlantan I may add) that the northern parts of Fulton County are more wealthy, residential and white (somewhat like Columbia County here) than the southern parts which include the actual city of Atlanta ITP (somewhat like urban Augusta-Richmond County) still holds. I'm not really sure what one could argue about this?

countyman
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countyman 07/10/14 - 04:39 pm
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Facts

I'm comparing the housing surrounding the Village at Riverwatch development. The private developers behind the outlet mall looked at the same demographics... The Columbia County government created the outlet mall and still couldn't attract the mall.. The Gateway area of Grovetown has more disposable income compared to the city limits of Grovetown..

The outlet mall will attract people from outside the CSRA, but the demographics of North Richmond County did help attract the mall.. The outlet mall being located next to the interstate is no different from any other city..

The Aldi and Gander Mountain in Martinez are within a few steps of Richmond County.. Why aren't they located in Grovetown or Harlem?

The GRU Gateway project is coming to the Medical District and will bring several businesses..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/10/14 - 06:31 pm
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Factss

Costco and the outlet mall are a within a few steps of Columbia or Aiken County.. Why weren't they located in Harrisburg or Turpin Hill?

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/10/14 - 08:52 pm
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myfather, did not mean to

myfather, did not mean to step on your toes. What I was trying to say is that the sheriff is always asking for more money and more cars and in those cars is more and more equipment and he now wants body cameras. That has to be taxpayer money I think because it has to be approved by the commissioners.
Also I was saying that the people on the dole and in public housing do nothing to enhance the county coffers. They are always takers and then the taxpayer picks up the tab. By the way, the fines are too high for most if that is where the money comes from to pay for what you said they pay for.

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