Please see Map page for ATM's map of all tax-favored properties in the city. Almost 29 percent of the land area in Chattanooga shows up.
We hope the map will remind our elected officials they need to be careful before adding more tax break land through property tax incentives like payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) and tax increment financing (TIF). The tax burden shifts to homeowners and small businesses when large companies are given special treatment.
An ATM study examined each PILOT agreement to determine what commitments companies made to get the tax break, what the “clawback” language is if they do not meet their commitments, and what their reporting requirements are.
Helen Burns Sharp, Founder
The Jobs PILOTs page gives an overview of the jobs PILOT program.
The updated Housing PILOTs page tells about housing PILOTs, including Walnut Commons.
The TIF page focuses on the 2018 TIF to extend M.L. King Blvd. to the Riverwalk. Check back. Other TIFs are contemplated.
The transparency page offers suggestions on how our "system" could become more professional and mindful of the PUBLIC interest.
Chattanooga is home to a grassroots movement organized by citizens who hope to persuade our local elected officials to reform the current "system" for granting property tax breaks. This broad-based coalition calls itself "ATM" (Accountability for Taxpayer Money). We believe it is time to transition from what oftentimes appears to be a corporate welfare program to an approach that better reflects the PUBLIC interest. By doing research and offering constructive suggestions, ATM hopes to be part of the solution. Due to our research on tax breaks, we have added a focus on open government and transparency to our bread and butter issues of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOTs) and tax increment financing (TIF).
Please use the contact form if you have questions or suggestions or want to be added to ATMs mailing list.
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