Local Issues & Legislation

Fulton County Corrects Property Tax Debacle
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As a response to sky-rocketing property tax assessments in Fulton County, the County Commission voted to freeze the 2017 property tax assessments and revert back to the 2016 levels. After weeks of complaints from plenty of Fulton County property owners who received a huge surprise when they opened their 2017 Property tax assessments, Commissioners felt this was the best way to temporarily correct the problem.

Commissioner Visits Joint Meeting of REALTORS®
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Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann was the guest speaker at a joint meeting of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA) and the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®’ (ACBR) Government Affairs Committees. Commissioner Hausmann discussed transportation and economic development in the metro region. She also answered questions regarding the recent Fulton County assessment notices.

REALTORS® Running for Local Office
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No sooner than one of the biggest elections in the country ends, we turn our eyes to local municipal races. In November of 2017, most metro cities will be voting for their next Mayors and City Council members. So far a few REALTOR® members have thrown their hats in the ring.

Kirk Rich Kicks Off Bid for Atlanta City Council
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REALTOR® Kirk Rich has officially entered the race for the Atlanta City Council. Kirk is making a run to replace District 6 Councilman Alex Wan, who is running for the Atlanta City Council President’s seat.

Tiny House Movement in Atlanta
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As “Tiny Houses” become more and more popular across the country, Atlanta is poised to start seeing them pop up more and more around town. While some people are enjoying the convenience and simplicity of Tiny Homes, this segment of homes has a tendency to clash with long standing zoning laws and ordinances that make these tiny homes a big headache. Currently, the City of Atlanta does not have a true definition of what a “Tiny Home” is, but according to popular shows on “fyi,” and “HGTV”, these homes range from 100 to 400 sq ft. If these homes were to attach to a foundation, most zoning ordinances only recognize dwellings that are at least 750 – 1000 sq ft. However, if they attach wheels to them, they become RV’s, which brings on a different set of issues for a “house”. Tiny House Atlanta is an organization that is working on changes to local zoning ordinances that will create a new tiny house category that offers a “Lifestyle Choice” in housing. Cities like Decatur and East Point are looking at ways to embrace the tiny house movement and other municipalities may choose to do the same.
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