The City of Atlanta’s $1 billion infrastructure backlog has long been a thorn in the side of Mayor Kasim Reed. Constantly searching for ways to pay down that debt has been an ongoing process with a varied set of results. From pledging to cut the city’s budget by $21 million to trying to sell public properties such as Underground Atlanta and Turner Field, (once the Braves move that is) it is clear that there is no magic bullet and that debt relief will have to come from multiple sources. Reed has expressed his desire not to raise any taxes in pursuit of this goal, but transportation, parking, and billboard taxes have also been considered.
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