The Development Authority of Fulton County is cutting its budget due to revenue concerns but also hiring a new marketing staffer and launching a community grant program.
Intent on post-scandal reform and mission-shifting, the Development Authority of Fulton County has approved a new slate of deeper tax breaks aimed at incentivizing more affordable housing in South Fulton.
By John Ruch The Development Authority of Fulton County has made a rare rejection of a tax break and is poised to hire an affordable housing developer as its interim executive director, as the authority tries to steer away from a financial scandal and toward a future of helping needier communities. But scrutiny may continue […]
Intent on self-reforming from a financial scandal, the board of the Development Authority of Fulton County plunged into debate July 27 on who should do it and how fast, with tempers flaring over the chair’s unilateral actions and a last-minute slate of reform ideas. Along the way, the board heard from its longtime auditor as […]
An obscure joint development authority of six metro Atlanta counties has ignored state financial reporting requirements and open meetings laws for years while collecting and spending public money: $15,000 a year in membership fees, a $10,000-a-year lobbyist, and the ability of companies in member counties to get job-based tax breaks. The Joint Development Authority of […]
The scandal-plagued Development Authority of Fulton County board gained much support for its self-reforms — and a new member, the mayor of Johns Creek — from county commissioners July 14, while two proposed new regulations of its work were tabled. Commissioner Lee Morris, who proposed those regulations and has called for the end of the […]
The Development Authority of Fulton County’s board chair has announced his resignation from his controversial dual role as the DAFC’s interim executive director, calling it “a political and a public distraction.” Michel “Marty” Turpeau says he will leave the executive director position at the scandal-plagued DAFC by Aug. 31 and expects a permanent replacement to […]
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker is pledging to be a reformer of the scandal-plagued Development Authority of Fulton County if his nomination to a seat on its board is approved by county commissioners July 14. “I believe in the mission of the DAFC and know that the mission can be accomplished with a board that […]
In the wake of a financial scandal at the Development Authority of Fulton County, Fulton Commissioner Lee Morris has filed legislation aimed at reforming its board’s spending and transparency while wishing for even tougher action — including a criminal investigation and dissolving the authority. Commission Chairman Robb Pitts is backing Morris’s legislation, which is scheduled […]
The Development Authority of Fulton County is spending $5,000 a month on government lobbyists, a service some similar metro authorities don’t use. Until very recently, those lobbyists included a firm owned by the mayor of Sandy Springs that previously paid consulting fees to longtime DAFC board chair Bob Shaw — a situation one ethics watchdog […]
The Development of Authority of Fulton County is suspending its controversial “per diem” payments to board members amid questions about their legality. The DAFC is in the midst of a scandal over hundreds of thousands of dollars in per diem payments made to some of the volunteer board members for work as basic as signing […]
Still rocking from a financial scandal, the Development Authority of Fulton County is now defending a controversial new policy allowing each board member to propose grants of up to $25,000 to local organizations. Among concerns voiced by one prominent DAFC critic is the potential political advantage for board members who are also running for local […]
By John Ruch and Maggie Lee The Development Authority of Fulton County board has been rocked by a financial scandal at the very moment its membership is undergoing a reform-minded shakeup to include representatives of public school systems that are staunch critics of tax breaks DAFC grants to luxurious real estate projects. And more shakeups […]
Judge’s OK needed for tax breaks on four Atlanta development deals.
RangeWater Development said it’s pricey to redevelop an old battery plant.
Also, tax break approved for site of old cold storage on southside BeltLine.
Al Nash announces retirement.
Fulton County’s development board on Tuesday OK’d a property tax break worth $4.4 million to a developer pitching an $87 million downtown tower that would afford some Georgia State University (GSU) and Atlanta University Center (AUC) students below-market-rate rents.
The break would be worth $3.4 million over 10 years to a BeltLine-area apartment in Blandtown.
“I’d like to see more concrete and equitable ways how you’re going to directly benefit English Avenue … “