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So even if Alpharetta City Council members vote to approve the TAD on Monday, experts say they have the best chance of succeeding if they get the blessing from both Fulton County and the Fulton County Schools to divert their property taxes into the TAD. All three government entities stand to lose significant tax income under the arrangement.
Forecasting numbers show that, over a 25-year life of the special tax arrangement, Alpharetta would miss out on between $9 million and $12 million in tax income; the county would lose between $19 million and $26 million; and the schools would lose between $36 million to $48 million.
Geoff Koski, president of the real estate consultant firm Bleakly Advisory Group, on Monday told the Alpharetta City Council that North Point being a “deteriorating area” makes it a candidate for a TAD.
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The slowing business at the 26-year-old North Point Mall — Koski’s firm found North Point’s vacancy recently rose above 20% — is symptomatic of traditional retail’s national decline. People see online shopping like Amazon as better than fighting a mall parking lot to buy a holiday sweater.
No council members voiced outright opposition to the TAD on Monday, and no residents spoke during public comment.
The final vote on the tax district is scheduled to take place at the next City Council meeting at 6:30 on Monday, Dec. 16 at city hall, 2 Park Plaza.
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