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09 December 2013

Airport West CID Dead After Fulton County Tax Commissioner Fails to Certify Applications

It is looking like 2013 will end in disappointment for backers of the proposed Airport West Community Improvement District (CID).

Georgia Unfiltered has learned that Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand failed to certify that the proposed CID met all the requirements of state law to form. Former state Representative Jill Chambers, who worked closely on the CID efforts, says Ferdinand indicated his office was "too busy" to complete the analysis of the new CID this year.

Chambers says money from the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA), Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), and Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to fund fund safety, traffic and aesthetic improvements within the CID will now go elsewhere. According to a November article appearing in the Saporta Report, this funding was estimated at more than $6 million.

The Airport West Community Improvement District was first conceived in February as a vehicle to advance infrastructure and economic development plans on the southside of metro Atlanta. Four months later, in June, the Airport West CID submitted documentation to Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand showing the proposed CID met all the requirements under state law.

Airport West CID officials patiently awaited Ferdinand's certification for months, while continuously stressing that failure to launch the CID in 2013 would jeopardizing state and federal funding for much needed projects and improvements.

There is no word when Tax Commissioner Ferdinand will complete his certification of the Airport West CID.