Latest News Regarding Your Taxes and Our Environment, by Councilmember Natlayn Archibong
From your Councilmember Natlayn Archibong:
Single family property owners in Atlanta-in-Dekalb will receive a 20% reduction in their 2017 property assessments. This reduction is the result of the July 6, 2017 vote by the DeKalb County Board of Assessors (the Board). The Board’s action was governed by state law, (O.C.G.A. 48-5-299(d). Pursuant to that law, DeKalb County was obligated to reduce property values commensurate to the level of reduction approved by Fulton County. Specifically, that law provides that when a city is located within two different counties, those two counties must confer and distribute city taxes uniformly.
Two additional things to note. First, the 20% decrease in valuation did not extend the deadline for filing and appeal of your assessed value. That deadline has already passed. Second, the 20% decrease in valuation only impacts the City of Atlanta taxes and Atlanta Public Schools taxes. The taxes for DeKalb County services will be at the full assessed value.
Archibong was the chief sponsor of the following legislation:
Establishing a 180 moratorium on the cutting of 10 or more trees on 5 or more acres: This legislation is a companion to the legislation adopted by the City Council in December of 2016, that authorized the use of a portion of the City Tree Trust Fund for the purpose of acquiring forested land. The moratorium will allow the city to continue evaluating the feasibility of acquiring select forested acreage without the fear that these forested lands will be clear-cut during its deliberation process.
Affirming the City’s support for the Paris Climate Accord: The legislation affirmed the City support of the Paris Climate Accord, and encouraged the City to take the lead in encouraging other cities and businesses to continue and to expand efforts to protect our environment.
The Community Development/Human Services Committee will host a worksession to discuss a proposal to allow wildlife habitats on private property. This worksession will involve code enforcement officers, neighbors and wildlife habitat experts. Anyone interested in learning more about this legislation or to participate in this worksession, please call Councilmember Archibong’s office, 404-330-6048 or email@example.com.
Neighbor in Need East Atlanta is seeking a grant writer to help us obtain money to continue to fund our projects.
East Atlanta Security Patrol (EASP) is offering the month of September free to new and returning members!
With a focus on preserving greenspace in Atlanta, 5th District Councilmember Natalyn Archbong has introduced and the City Council passed two ordinances.
EAV RunFest, benefiting our local elementary school Burgess-Peterson Academy, is coming up on September 3rd. Sign-up to Run or Walk at www.runeav.com.
Join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at beautiful Brownwood Park in East Atlanta for another great day of bike racing & other fun festival activities! The Brownwood Bike Rally is a festive event celebrating cycling, fitness and health, for kids and adults.
Come by the EAV farmers market space this Saturday, August 26th, to watch Labyrinth under the stars, right in your own backyard. Admission is free!
The Greatest Show in EAV! Join us under the Big Top for the Neighbor in Need Circus Gala on Saturday, October 21st.
Meet your neighbors and have some fun at the East Atlanta Strut!
BATL’s August Civil War hike on Saturday, August 26th, will begin at the end of the Battle of Atlanta and move towards the beginning of the historic battle.
We are looking for any performers who are willing to donate their time to our event and raise funds for Neighbor in Need at our biggest fundraiser of the year! Fire breathers, fire spinners, flow artists, contortionists, strong man, dancing bear, fortune teller, tarot card reader, belly dancers, and more.
Attend the city's next Zoning Review Board meeting August 10th, 6 pm to have your voice heard in the next step in Heritage Capitol Partner's plans for the property referred to as "Ormewood Forest."
Atlanta Fulton Library System will feature art works by longtime Atlanta Public Schools Principal James Doanes. Most recently in retirement from the school system, Mr. Doanes had returned to assist both Peterson Elementary and Burgess Elementary in meeting student achievement goals and continued to consult with Burgess Peterson Academy
The Hyatt Regency is hosting its 4th annual Good Taste series and EACA found them visiting the EAV farmer's market to select food for the upcoming culinary challenge!
Volunteer at the East Lake PGA TOUR Championship Wednesday, September 20th to Sunday, September 24th and help Ahimsa House care for animal victims of domestic violence while their owners transition to safety.
Will the city's Tree Trust fund purchase urban properties such as Ormewood forest or larger suburban properties? Stephanie Stokes speaks with several people, including East Atlanta residents Grant Dollar and Alex Levy.
We welcome our new families from Reynoldstown and East Atlanta. Come have a hot dog and meet some new friends!
There are going to be many new families at BPA this year. If you see an unfamiliar face, please say hi and welcome them to the BPA family!
More than 50 community and district organizations will offer resources and services for APS families and students to enjoy a safe and successful school year."
Neighbor in Need East Atlanta is looking for Project Leads to helping seniors in the EAV Community with emergency home repairs.
The study group for the Eastside Trail Extension Phase II: Kirkwood Ave SE to Memorial Drive SE is coming up! Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm at Trees Atlanta
"The photography presented at our library was mostly shot on the battlefields at Gettysburg at night and then combined through projections with other historical images found in research by the artist. The result is striking." - Friends of East Atlanta Library
September community meeting agenda: "Back to School" update with the Atlanta Board of Education, 770 Shadowridge updates, Project Pabst, and more!
Preview of the August community meeting agenda! East Atlanta Kids Club, Get Fruity, East Atlanta Service Patrol, and more!
Updates from Trees Atlanta, B*ATL and Heritage Capitol Partners regarding 770 Shadowridge Drive (the same property as is being campaigned about by the group "Save Ormewood Forest")
It’s easy to overlook special treasures in plain site. When you're headed north on Flat Shoals Ave. viewing all the eclectic businesses of East Atlanta Village, visit Versus ATL, EACA’s Featured Business of the Month for July.
Learn more about Poke Burri, EACA's Business Partner of the Month!
New updates about Ormewood Forest, the return of Project Pabst in October, new projects in the community, and more!