To sustain its goal of being the best major metropolitan city in the country to live in and do business, Atlanta must continue to find alternative revenue streams to fund solutions for crime prevention and treatment. The recent T-SPLOST failure confirmed that the rest of the state doesn’t care about Atlanta’s problems. Ideas for raising revenues, without increasing property taxes, include:
* Enforce traffic violations, including HOV lane “cheaters” and speeders on the Downtown Connector and in neighborhoods.
* Erect toll booths for access into the city, like London’s “Congestion Charge” tolls. A local resident exemption would put the cost burden on non-Atlantans and encourage green “live-where-you-work” housing construction.
* Increase and enforce fees for property owners who allow properties to remain vacant for more than two months.
* Include commercial vehicles in parking violations. New York City collected $2.1 million in fees from FedEx and UPS in the first quarter of 2013.
My neighbors and I are convinced there are too many great things and too many good people who live here around the Braves stadium and Zoo Atlanta for the bad guys to prevail. As I posted to our neighbor’s Facebook farewell above: “I’m an eternal optimist, and hold on to hope our leaders will get their acts together and do the courageous things that have to be done. To do anything else is to let lawlessness prevail, and that signals the downfall of the greatest country the world has ever known.”
Jackson Faw is a Peoplestown neighborhood leader.