Proposed budget could lead to improvements in Atlanta
Atlanta residents could see various improvements soon, including more police officers and enhanced after-school program monitoring. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that the City Council's most recent budget proposal could decrease spending yet provide incremental funding to improve the experience for residents and those looking at homes for sale in Atlanta. In fact, one of these changes could make the city particularly appealing to those looking to save money.
According to the news source, the proposed budget will not lead to a rise in property tax rates. In May 2012, the city featured a millage rate of 10.24 mills. This means that a home valued at $200,000 would receive a property tax bill of over $2,000 annually, which may allow homeowners to spend less annually on their properties than in other areas.
Other budget decisions could impact a person's decision to move to the city. Local officials have proposed adding six new code compliance inspectors, six recreation facilities supervisors and 41 police officers to make the community more appealing to new residents, the news source reports.
"We are making resources stretch further," Duriya Farooqui, the city's chief operating officer, told the news source on May 1, 2012. "We're doing much more with much less."
City officials continue to find ways to invest in Atlanta, and those with homes in this metro may reap the benefits soon.