|In a presentation at the start of Thursday night’s public hearing, Atlanta Chief Financial Officer Jim Glass said public safety occupies such a huge portion of the city budget that any attempt to avoid or reduce the tax increase would cut into police and fire protection.|
But taxpayers against the increase said the city could find other ways to generate the revenue needed to keep neighborhoods safe, including ending Atlanta’s defined benefit pension plan for new employees, pushing for more federal aid for water and sewer improvements and being more aggressive in looking to privatize city services.
“It’s absurd to ask taxpayers to choose between furloughs and a tax increase,” said Barbara Payne, executive director of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation.
But new Atlanta homeowner Jeannine Brown, who moved to Georgia recently from Maryland, offered qualified support for higher taxes.
“I’m willing to do my share,” she said. “(But) I want services when I call for them.”
Another transplant taking their love of taxes into a new area to help screw it up. T