The "Sunshine" page gives examples of how our "system" needs to become more transparent, professional, and mindful of the PUBLIC interest.
The Governance page offers suggestions to make our system fairer and more transparent.
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.
"The Wisdom to Know and the Courage to Defend the Public Interest."
Chattanooga is home to a grassroots movement organized by citizens who hope to persuade our local elected officials and candidates in the March 2021 city election 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 sometimes 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.
In addition 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).
Our suggestions are not meant as criticism towards individual leaders. Rather we believe that many of the issues we raise are due to our current form of government. It can be changed. We can do better.
Please use the contact form if you have questions or suggestions or want to be added to ATM's mailing list.
Helen Burns Sharp, Founder
The Jobs PILOTs page gives an overview of the Jobs PILOT program.
The updated Housing PILOT page tells about Housing PILOTs, including Walnut Commons.
The TIF page focuses on tax increment financing.
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