The Atlanta Board of Education says its will increase 2016 property taxes by 1.12 percent over the rollback millage rate. Currently, the district’s millage rate includes a General Fund Millage Rate (Maintenance & Operations) of 21.64 mills, and a Debt Service Millage Rate of 0.10 mills, totaling 21.74 mills. During the recent budget process for fiscal year 2017, the Atlanta Board of Education proposed reducing the Debt Service Millage to .025 mills and increasing the M&O Millage to 21.715 mills. The total millage is recommended to remain at 21.74 mills. The flat total millage rate is a reflection of a trend the Atlanta BOE has established in APS. It has remained flat at 21.74 since FY2012. Based on the new assessments, the district is expected to receive growth from increased property assessments in Fulton and DeKalb counties. Before the board can finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase. The hearings will be held at the  Center for Learning and Leadership Building, 130 Trinity Avenue SW on June 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on June 30 at 6 p.m.

The “Spirit of Atlanta” mural created by Deborah Whitehouse will be removed as part of renovations and will live on as part of a digital display. (Photo courtesy Hartsfield-Jackson).

Work has begun at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on a $6 billion capital improvement plan. One of the first projects in the plan is a six-week effort that will modernize the West Crossover, the escalator corridor linking the Airport’s Plane Train with the baggage claim areas. The construction will require rerouting passengers, sometimes intermittently, from midnight to 5:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday each week for six weeks. Guests traveling during these early-morning hours will exit the Plane Train at Concourse T and make their way to baggage claim along a revised route. As part of this project, the airport has retired the “Spirit of Atlanta,” the 70-foot-wide mural of children playing at Centennial Olympic Park. A video screen providing important information to all passengers making their way up the escalator will replace the mural, which will be preserved in digital form. The capital improvement plan also includes modernizing the domestic terminal, expanding cargo operations and concourses, replacing parking facilities, and making room for a hotel and mixed-use development project.

The developer behind the proposed North Decatur Square shopping center, anchored by a 365 by Whole Foods, says it will potentially include businesses with a drive through. It will also have 200 to 300 apartment units. Read the story at Decaturish.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.