The new bill clamps down on what local government officials can consider a "blighted" area.
Only neighborhoods truly in need of taxpayer-funded redevelopment would qualify as tax allocation districts under legislation signed this week by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
The legislation, designed to accompany a constitutional amendment ratified by Georgia voters last fall, tightens the definitions of blighted and deteriorated areas under the states TAD law.
Under the new law, only neighborhoods marked by substandard buildings, high vacancy rates and high poverty and unemployment could qualify as TADs. That way, only properties too unattractive to lure private investment could be redeveloped with TAD money.
School boards which chip in the largest chunk of funding if they participate in a TAD still have a choice as to whether they want to participate in the projects.
The tough economy has forced some cash-strapped school systems to renegotiate or even rethink their roles in TADs. Atlanta Public Schools and Atlanta Development Authority officials are in talks to split nearly $18 million that had already been generated from the Beltline TAD prior to a 2008 state Supreme Court ruling that said TADs were unconstitutional. (The school board says it still supports the Beltline, just that it wants to begin kicking in money this year.) Gainesville City Schools recently voted to opt out of a TAD in which it initially planned to participate.
jsut admit it - plain talk is right.
everyone smart enough to understand…
Good Marx, the unmitigated temerity of these selfish malcontents. How dare they invoke such blasphemy…
Wow, funny how a ferris wheel debate can really bring out the acute symptoms of…
"i'll be a season ticket holder for the new Falcons stadium in 2017."
congrats to Rodney, Joeff, Dustin, and Brandon.
and good luck.
The last question and answer is what it's really about (outside of money of course).