Local Issues & Legislation

Atlanta Officials Unveil New Buckhead Police Precinct

Atlanta city leaders unveiled a new police precinct located near the intersection of busy Peachtree and West Paces Ferry roads. The precinct would primarily serve to respond to traffic calls to free up other units from Zone 2 to go on patrols and deal with more serious crime in the area. The move comes amid an effort for Buckhead to secede from Atlanta that was animated by a surge in crime. However, police department leaders have pointed out a drop in Crime in the City of Buckhead. The precinct is situated near the upscale Buckhead Village to allow for police officers arriving to scenes sooner.

Andre Dickens Sworn in as Atlanta's 61st Mayor

On Monday, January 3, 2022, Andre Dickens took the oath of office to become Atlanta's 61st Mayor. The Atlanta REALTORS® Political Action Committee is proud to have been one of the first local committees to support Mayor Dickens.

Mayor Dickens Meets with REALTORS® and Residents to Discuss Crime and Buckhead Cityhood Movement

Last month, Mayor Dickens met with REALTORS® and Buckhead residents to discuss the Buckhead Cityhood Movement. Atlanta REALTORS® Association President Karen Hatcher said she thinks Dickens' message was well-received because she "saw a lot of heads nodding." Dickens addressed the rise in gunshots and street racing as well as his plan to open a housing facility in Vine City for 30 new officers. Dickens mentioned he would be hiring officers from other jurisdictions and that he expects to have 250 more officers by next year.

Beltline Special Services District is approved

During the March 15, Atlanta City Council meeting, Council members also approved the Atlanta Beltline Special Services District. This ordinance determines the districts’ boundaries and defines its purpose. In addition to establishing the Special Services District, the Council also approved an ordinance which provides the authority for an additional ad valorem tax at the rate of 2 mills on every $1,000.00 or any part thereof of taxable real property (Commercial property) within the Atlanta Beltline Special Service District.

Town Hall explains Cobb's new COVID-19 rent/utility assistance efforts

To help explain Cobb's latest $22.8 million COVID-19 rent/utility assistance effort and the end of the eviction moratorium, the County held a virtual town hall last week.

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