2017 Atlanta mayoral race: How high can the city’s sales taxes go?


Is there a ceiling for Atlanta sales tax increases?

Candidates hoping to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed think so.

At a Thursday Committee for a Better Atlanta mayoral forum, state Sen. Vincent Fort and City Councilmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms and Kwanza Hall said there is a limit to how many times Atlanta City Hall should ask voters to dig deep to pay for the latest want from the executive branch.

Mayor Kasim Reed has said he wants a one-tenth of a penny sales tax to raise money for the arts. The request follows the successful nine-tenths of a penny increase in the sales tax that voters approved last year for transportation projects in two referendum questions. 

Atlanta’s sales tax is 8.9 percent, one of the highest in the nation.

“I would support investing in the arts, but beyond that I think we’ve got to do more with what we already have and just focus on the resources that we haven’t spent as wisely as we probably could,” Hall said.

For more on the story, visit here at myajc.com.

MYAJC.COM: REAL JOURNALISM. REAL LOCAL IMPACT.

The AJC's Leon Stafford keeps you updated on the latest in the Atlanta mayoral race and everything else going on at City Hall. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in Atlanta politics. Subscribe to myAJC.com.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Georgia Gives asks us to support nonprofits in our lives
Georgia Gives asks us to support nonprofits in our lives

If you’re truly thankful on Thanksgiving, perhaps you should put your money where your mouth is. Georgia Gives and Giving Tuesday urge you to do just that, each year, on the Tuesday after Turkey Day. Giving Tuesday, a national day of sharing, was created five years ago by the 92nd Street Y, right around the same time that Georgians kicked...
9 bottles of moonshine found during Georgia DNR official’s DUI arrest, cops say
9 bottles of moonshine found during Georgia DNR official’s DUI arrest, cops say

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner faces DUI and failure to maintain charges in a Sunday night crash in Jasper County, officials said.  Authorities found nine bottles of moonshine in the black 2015 Chevrolet Corvette that Walter Hyman Rabon crashed on Ga. 11 northbound, according to a Georgia State Patrol incident...
Man fears brother’s 2016 shooting death may never be solved
Man fears brother’s 2016 shooting death may never be solved

The brother of a man kidnapped and shot to death nearly two years ago prays the killers will be caught — and recently released suspect sketches could be the key to cracking the case. Thursday will be the second Thanksgiving the family shares without Herbert “Buster” Perkinson, who was kidnapped from his driveway in Emerson, shot...
Pedestrian deaths increase in Georgia, but why on the interstates?
Pedestrian deaths increase in Georgia, but why on the interstates?

Carrying a food tray in his hands, a 46-year-old man attempted to run across the westbound lanes of I-20. Tommy Lee Jenkins made it to the third lane, according to witnesses, before he tried to run back across I-20 to safety around 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. It was too late. A Cobb County man immediately applied the brakes when he saw Jenkins, but the...
Atlanta man accused of theft, identity fraud in DeKalb, Gwinnett counties
Atlanta man accused of theft, identity fraud in DeKalb, Gwinnett counties

A man who was arrested in October in Gwinnett County on theft charges is now being sought on identity fraud charges, Channel 2 Action News reported. “I have not taken anything from anybody,” Eugene Hunter said during his arrest in Snellville. However, South Carolina resident John Bowen and his son Eric sought help from Hunter when they...
More Stories