Arielle Kass

Reporter

Arielle Kass covers Fulton County. She joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2010 and has covered Gwinnett County, housing, money and retail business at the AJC. Arielle, an Emory graduate, has also worked at Crain’s Cleveland Business and the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Latest from Arielle Kass

Fulton prevails on tax case, a win for property owners
 Fulton County property owners will not be billed a second time for 2017 property taxes, after a judge ruled the county was within its rights last year when it froze property values at 2016 levels. DeKalb County Judge Alan Harvey said Lynnette Riley, the state revenue commissioner, was “without legal authority” when she decided...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Fulton County property owners will not be billed a second time for 2017 property taxes, after a judge ruled the county was within its rights last year when it froze property values at 2016 levels. DeKalb County Judge Alan Harvey said Lynnette Riley, the state revenue commissioner, was “without legal authority” when she decided...
Fulton County will not have to resend 2017 property taxes, judge rules
 Fulton County property owners will not be billed a second time for 2017 property taxes, after a judge ruled the county was within its rights when it froze most residential property values at 2016 levels. DeKalb County Judge Alan Harvey said Lynnette Riley, the state revenue commissioner, was “without legal authority” when she...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Fulton County property owners will not be billed a second time for 2017 property taxes, after a judge ruled the county was within its rights when it froze most residential property values at 2016 levels. DeKalb County Judge Alan Harvey said Lynnette Riley, the state revenue commissioner, was “without legal authority” when she...
Judge dismisses case against Sandy Springs for burglar alarm ordinance
 A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Sandy Springs ordinance that authorizes the city to charge alarm companies fees for false burglar alarms. In a Wednesday order, Judge Amy Totenberg said the city’s plan to fine companies for false alarms was not arbitrary and unreasonable, ...

Posted: a day ago

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Sandy Springs ordinance that authorizes the city to charge alarm companies fees for false burglar alarms. In a Wednesday order, Judge Amy Totenberg said the city’s plan to fine companies for false alarms was not arbitrary and unreasonable, ...
Fulton proposes $1.1 billion budget, spending on health and security
 Fulton County residents will get their chance to weigh in on how the county government spends taxpayer money in a series of public hearings that continue Wednesday as the county commission considers a $1.1 billion budget for the coming year. The new budget proposed by Fulton leaders includes more money for disaster relief and cyber...

Posted: 3 days ago

Fulton County residents will get their chance to weigh in on how the county government spends taxpayer money in a series of public hearings that continue Wednesday as the county commission considers a $1.1 billion budget for the coming year. The new budget proposed by Fulton leaders includes more money for disaster relief and cyber...
Amid annexation battle, Fulton County neighborhood split over identity
 Jewel Johnson used to feel close to her south Fulton County neighbors. Over the three decades she’s lived in Loch Lomond Estates, she invited neighbors over for birthday lunches, tried to always say hello on the street and celebrated each year at the subdivision Christmas party. But those strong relationships frayed after she and a...

Posted: 3 days ago

Jewel Johnson used to feel close to her south Fulton County neighbors. Over the three decades she’s lived in Loch Lomond Estates, she invited neighbors over for birthday lunches, tried to always say hello on the street and celebrated each year at the subdivision Christmas party. But those strong relationships frayed after she and a...
With inclement weather, Fulton County government to open late Tuesday
 Fulton County government will delay its opening Tuesday after black ice was predicted for the morning commute. The county government will open at 10 a.m. Court openings will also be delayed until 10 a.m. Other governments and school systems have also delayed their openings, including the city of South Fulton, which will open at 10 a.m. For...

Posted: 4 days ago

Fulton County government will delay its opening Tuesday after black ice was predicted for the morning commute. The county government will open at 10 a.m. Court openings will also be delayed until 10 a.m. Other governments and school systems have also delayed their openings, including the city of South Fulton, which will open at 10 a.m. For...
Dogs and cats on agenda, but absent commissioners force Fulton to cancel meeting
 If Fulton County commissioners schedule a meeting in the government center, but a majority of the seven-member commission fails to show up, does the meeting really exist? The commission found itself facing this existential, somewhat embarrassing, question Wednesday after the body’s regularly scheduled meeting lasted just long enough...

Posted: 9 days ago

If Fulton County commissioners schedule a meeting in the government center, but a majority of the seven-member commission fails to show up, does the meeting really exist? The commission found itself facing this existential, somewhat embarrassing, question Wednesday after the body’s regularly scheduled meeting lasted just long enough...
Sandy Springs accuses Atlanta of overcharging residents for water
 For nearly a year, Sandy Springs has tried to get Atlanta to explain the water rates it charges its north Fulton neighbors and to provide documentation that justifies the cost. Again and again, Sandy Springs city attorney Dan Lee wrote letters, sent open records requests and pleaded for details outlining the basis for water rates that Sandy...

Posted: 9 days ago

For nearly a year, Sandy Springs has tried to get Atlanta to explain the water rates it charges its north Fulton neighbors and to provide documentation that justifies the cost. Again and again, Sandy Springs city attorney Dan Lee wrote letters, sent open records requests and pleaded for details outlining the basis for water rates that Sandy...
Fulton County commission meeting canceled due to lack of commissioners
 Fulton County commissioners canceled their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, after they failed to have a quorum more than 30 minutes after the meeting was scheduled to begin. Commission Chairman Robb Pitts called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m., but only two other commissioners — Lee Morris and Marvin Arrington —...

Posted: 9 days ago

Fulton County commissioners canceled their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, after they failed to have a quorum more than 30 minutes after the meeting was scheduled to begin. Commission Chairman Robb Pitts called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m., but only two other commissioners — Lee Morris and Marvin Arrington —...
Two Fulton precincts to remain open later due to early morning issues
 Two Fulton County precincts will remain open later Tuesday due to early morning runoff Election Day issues. The Life Center Ministries polling place, at 2690 Mt. Vernon Road, will stay open an hour later because the polling manager lost a stack of voter access cards, which voters put into machines to cast their ballots. “She shouldn&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Two Fulton County precincts will remain open later Tuesday due to early morning runoff Election Day issues. The Life Center Ministries polling place, at 2690 Mt. Vernon Road, will stay open an hour later because the polling manager lost a stack of voter access cards, which voters put into machines to cast their ballots. “She shouldn&rsquo...
Atlanta, Fulton seek audits after questions about commercial values
 Officials in Atlanta and Fulton County have requested audits to review allegations that government tax appraisers consistently undervalued commercial buildings and may have cost their governments millions in potential tax collections, a trend highlighted earlier this month in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News investigation...

Posted: 15 days ago

Officials in Atlanta and Fulton County have requested audits to review allegations that government tax appraisers consistently undervalued commercial buildings and may have cost their governments millions in potential tax collections, a trend highlighted earlier this month in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News investigation...