Box 21, Folder 6, Document 68

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Box 21, Folder 6, Document 68

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F ATLANTA
OF COMPTROLLER
CITY HALL
Atlanta, Georgia
30303
Dec ember 5, 1967
CHARLES L . DAVIS
COMPTROLLER
EDGAR A. VAUGHN, JR.
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER
MEMORANDUM
TO:
Mro R. Ear l Landers
FROM:
Char les L. Davis
4)_
I am enclos i ng a c opy of a draft report made by Mr . Phi l Hammer f or Rapid
Transit under date of J uly 19 , 196 7, as wel l as a c opy of a revised report
made under date of Jul y 31 , 196 70
I have had several conferences with Mr . Hammer ; and in his original report , he
was proposing to charge the citizens of Atlanta 2 mills at the very outset for
Rapid Transit and increasing to 3 mills by 1971 . By a like token , he also proposed to charge DeKalb County 2 mills in 1969 and increasing to a high of 2. 8
mills in 1971 , then descending for the remainder of the life of the bonds o In
the case of Fulton County , he was proposing to charge 1 mill at the very outset
and increasing to a high of 1 . 9 mills in 1971 , then decreasing for the remaining
life of the bonds . Mr . Hammer stat ed that this allocation would take into consideration such things as the ability of a government to pay the increase in tax
digest of an area as the result of Rapid Transit and other factors .
In our discussion , I pointed out that this was not a true yardstick , and I felt
the millage should apply county-wide ; and in the future if this could be
accomplished, this would not be a hindrance to us an others in annexing other
areaso
In his revised report , Mr . Hammer is proposing a county-wide levy , which can be
f ound on Page 43 , of 1 mill for DeKalb County and 1.5 mills for Fulton County .
These will increase in 1975 to 3 mills in Fulton County and 1.6 mills in DeKalb
County .
I have also noticed in the paper recently that Rapid Transit is proposing to
amend the Transit Act by some eighteen points. Some of these points I am in full
agreement with; such as, clarification between the maximum amount of dollars
approved in the referendum and the millage rate that will be needed to raise the
necessary funds. There are other points I think should be further pursued,
particularly those relating to the investment of Rapid Transit funds and perhaps
the right of eminent domain. It seems as if this has been a very hot point ever
since the Rapid Transit Act was enacted.

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