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June 18

June 18, 2012 --

  Poor schools still get short end of ‘equalization’ fund Court says bond-fighting lawyer must be disciplined Questions stalk congressional hopeful’s campaign donors Ethics panel sends Oxendine case to trial Obama administration, citing Atlanta’s Renee Glover, sets housing agency pay caps Atlanta audit shows rules on development arm’s use of tax money too lax State’s […]

Jan. 21

January 21, 2011 --

‘Culture of corruption’ leads to call for ethics reform ACRB recommends discipline for Eagle Raid cops — but is it enough? Governor receives land from bankrupt daughter EPD chief: Athens chemical spill mishandled Massage school accused of offering poor education with tax money Rep. Bishop takes heat over videos about black farmers’ settlement Why did […]

Dec. 9

December 10, 2010 --

Oaky Woods at double the price in a down market Did Clayton Co. commissioner use tax money for private party? School graduations in church eyed in Cobb, DeKalb

MARTA legislative panel butts heads with GM (and each other)

MARTA legislative panel butts heads with GM (and each other)
September 14, 2009 --

MARTA’s general manager and its chief legislative overseer locked horns today over the transit agency’s plan to spend up to $400,000 on outside lobbyists. Then, state Rep. Jill Chambers butted heads with a member of her MARTA Oversight Committee. Chambers grilled MARTA officials this morning about several million dollars in spending that she regarded as unnecessary. When Sen. Doug Stoner objected to her tone, Chambers cut off his microphone. “I’m very disappointed in us as a committee,” Stoner said. “We’re playing games.”


Atlanta schools plan to renegotiate BeltLine deal

April 14, 2009 --

Atlanta school officials took action Monday to keep some or all of an $18 million pot collected for the city’s BeltLine project. The Board of Education voted to change the effective date of its decision to allow school tax money to be spent on the BeltLine. The board first OK’d the funding in 2005. Under […]

TAD bill amended yet again to give ATL, Gainesville an “opt out”

April 1, 2009 --

House Bill 63, which would let the BeltLine and other Tax Allocation District projects use school tax money, was amended yet again this afternoon in the Senate. With the latest change, school systems in Atlanta and Gainesville could “opt out” of their earlier approval of funding. That use of school funds was ruled unconstitutional last […]

ATL schools fight $18 million hit from new TAD bill

ATL schools fight $18 million hit from new TAD bill
March 31, 2009 --

Atlanta Public Schools are fighting changes to a bill that would let Tax Allocation Districts spend school tax money. A state Senate committee last week amended the bill to say a school board that had already approved a TAD would not have to vote on it again. School board chair LaChandra Butler Burks (right) says […]

TAD reauthorization snags Gainesville schools (maybe Cagle, too)

March 30, 2009 --

The amended House Bill 63, which reauthorizes spending of school tax money for non-school purposes in tax allocation districts, may also sweep up Gainesville city schools. Unlike Atlanta, Gainesville school officials have changed their minds and want out of the TAD there — at least for now. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled last year that […]