UPDATE: IMPORTANT TAX MEETING COMING UP FOR ATLANTANS

UPDATE: The Atlanta Police Dept. has postponed the Buckhead meeting on its proposed redesign for Zone 2, the first of six such meetings to get public input on a citywide redesign of zones and beats.  The redesign seeks to use more than 200 new officers to decrease the size of beats–the geographic areas patrolled by one (and sometimes two) officers on a given shift–in order to hasten police response times.  Zone and Beat Redesign Overview Powerpoint Presentation (DRAFT 11 09 2010) APD Spokesman Carlos Campos says in a statement: “The Atlanta Police Department will need to postpone the informational meeting on beat redesign scheduled for next Thursday, Feb. 24th, due to a scheduling conflict. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to those who had planned to attend. However, this meeting – and others in each zone – will be scheduled and held. Notice will be sent when dates are set.”

As stated earlier, the Fulton County Taxpayer’s Association will host a seminar with Mike Bell, a former chief financial officer with the City of Atlanta and, more recently, with DeKalb County, to explore tax reform possibilities for Fulton County. Among items to be discussed is the Homestead Option Sales Tax which the association believes will save property owners as much as 46 percent.

Experts have said an additional sales tax would have a disproportionate impact on those with less income, and, on another front, DeKalb has been embroiled in a more-than-decade-long Georgia Supreme Court lawsuit over the way it splits HOST revenue with cities like Decatur, so this should be an interesting meeting.

Here are the details:

Where: Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Rd, Room 2301

When: Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 19, 10am to12pm (a continental breakfast will be provided)

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