Schools, city fight over TAD

Atlanta schools want its money back.

School officials are meeting this week with the Atlanta Development Authority to take back some of the $18 million in school property tax money slated to fund community redevelopment projects.

School board members say they need to renegotiate the term of the tax allocation district (TAD) because of cuts in state funding and lower property revenue. If the two don’t reach an agreement, the school board said it will keep all $18 million.

TADs redirect future increases in property tax collections to help pay for projects within a set area. (School taxes make up most of all property tax revenue.)

Opponents of the program say money raised for schools should remain for education.

Proponents say the program revitalizes communities and that the money pays off in the end because of increased taxes on higher-end development.

The Georgia Supreme Court last year banned cities and counties from using public school taxes for the subsidies. A bill passed by the Legislature this session makes the TAD money legal again, but allows school districts to opt out if they previously agreed to participate.

Considering all the budget problems school face, it is time to put TAD to rest?

ALSO: The state Board of Regents has discontinued a policy that guaranteed freshmen would pay the same tuition for four years.

16 comments Add your comment

LSH

April 15th, 2009
8:35 am

Extra projects and “revitalizing” communities comes during flush times with extra money. This is not that time. Schools need every penny this year to make the budget fund the basics. Things will be better in a few years and the revitalizing can begin again.

jim d

April 15th, 2009
9:40 am

i said it before and just to reitterate–using school money for TADS was and still is a stupid idea

Reality

April 15th, 2009
9:47 am

OMG! I agree with jim d. Using tax money collected for schools for the purpose of building roads, bridges, etc. is stupid and IMHO illegal.

jim d

April 15th, 2009
10:41 am

I knew it would happen.

Hell has frozen over! :)

Tony

April 15th, 2009
2:39 pm

TADS are not an appropriate use for school funds. The legislature has attempted to circumvent the ruling of the court. Let county commisioners raise taxes in the open for the purposes the TADS serve now.

About the four year tuition – It was just a nonsensical gimmick to start with. We need to stop adding to the entitlements that are running rampant in our state and country.

RubricInEcuador

April 15th, 2009
6:08 pm

Somepin’s gotta be did about dem slick politicians.

RubricInEcuador

April 15th, 2009
6:11 pm

Somebody needs to throw his or her hat in the ring against Cathy Cox. She is doing pathetic job addressing the real issues in public education. Can’t we start a concerted effort to first recruit her some GOP opponents. Are you better off now than you were eight years?

Claudio

April 15th, 2009
6:14 pm

i agree about kathy cox as state super. she needs to go.

catlady

April 15th, 2009
8:41 pm

Amen about CC. She does not have a clue.

TADs are a scandal. They were a scandal BEFORE the current economic “blip”. Those voting for them should be recalled. They remind me of how we got into this mess in the first place (GREED)

catlady

April 15th, 2009
9:00 pm

Once again, comment disappeared.

Claudio

April 15th, 2009
9:06 pm

catlady…i too have problems posting. O que este problema?

EnglebertHumphreyDink

April 15th, 2009
9:14 pm

mark elgart is a fake. mark elgart is a fake. mark elgart is a fake. SACS is about money. SACS is about money. SACS is about money. Many school boards are much worse than Clayton County’s school board. Many boards. Many boards. Politics. Politics. The whole SACS SCAM was indeed “a sham and a farce”…foisted upon Clayton County by Eldrin Bell, Ericka Davis and her willing partner Mark Elgart, Rod Johnson, Cephus Jackson, and other witting or unwitting political morons. Politcal morons. Political morons. Are you tellng me that Alieka Anderson is the salvation of the Clayton County Schools? Nao Espero. Beijos.

Tony

April 16th, 2009
8:08 am

Yes, we definitely need a new state schools’ superintendent. However, we have been much better off with her in charge than the previous woman. You know, the one that had to go to jail for having plastic surgery using taxpayers’ money. Her years in office led to nearly complete disaster.

There are many politicians that need to be ousted from office. The current party in control is all about getting more money in the hands of the rich. They do not want to tackle the real issues within this state. They play games and give each other favors. Legislation that gets passed has more to do with quid pro quo than the needs of Georgia.
The TADS legislation is a good example of this.

Tony

April 16th, 2009
8:37 am

After reading this morning’s paper, it appears we have some very serious issues brewing that every citizen should be concerned about and some of the petty issues we argue about in this forum are benign in comparison.

The homeland security report characterizing many right thinking people as potential terrorists should cause a chill to run down all our spines. This is, after all, the next logical step for our federal government to take as it continues to intrude into all aspects of our daily lives. The new report can easily be used as a means to justify closer monitoring of so-called “right-wing extremist groups” that have formed on a variety of topics. The topics cited in the report include those who are concerned about illegal immigration, pro-life, military service personnel returning from active duty, and those concerned about federal encroachment.

These are becoming very scary days.

jim d

April 17th, 2009
8:35 am

well Tony,

Welcome to the list, you have plenty of company on this blog

Jimbo the Jumbo

May 1st, 2009
10:53 pm

Mark Elgart and SACS are nothing but fakes.