Utility vs. Tax Rate Battle Delayed… Not Out of Woods Yet

The pressure East Point City residents have been putting on Mayor Pittman and the City Council seems to have been enough to make them slow down and take a second look at things. Don’t be fooled, this does not mean we are out of the woods, delaying this action still means there is a glaring $7M shortfall in the 2012-2013 fiscal budget.  The Mayor has a history of pulling items of controversy when the pressure is on only to bully the item on to a later agenda with little or notice.  Here is an update from Council Member Rhodes along with the referenced AJC story.

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Following is the news article from last nights meeting. While the issue of rolling back the utility increase is on hold, Mayor Pittman will continue her attempts to raise property tax.

I encourage you to call her voting block and voice your objections to her recommendations. I would also encourage you to attend the council meeting and continue to complete your petitions. If you would like to sign a petition objecting to Council raising your property tax, removing the freeze on property tax for senior citizens or the removing of the limit for property tax from the City Charter, please let me know and I will direct you to some people who are gathering names. Of course, you can also start your own. Talk with your neighbors and friends on your street to ask their support in signing your petition. It does not matter if you have five names or five hundred names. Every petition will be helpful.

If you are planning a petition, please let me know how to direct people to you, the date and location you will collect signatures or your contact information and I will be happy to pass it along.

Council Person Reed and Cook made it clear that this utility issue is political. I could not disagree more with their position. This is not and should not be a political issue but a responsible governance issue.

AJC Story: East Point City Council Stalls on Water Rates


Your Guy for That, Dustin Drabot is a real estate expert serving the East Point, Fort McPherson, College Park, Hapeville and surrounding metro Atlanta area. A member of Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta, Dustin can be reached directly at 404-507-2267 or Dustin@YourGuyForThat.com. Search all Metro Atlanta properties at www.BuyEastPoint.com


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