Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Good morning! Ten days until Christmas. I honestly can’t remember what it was like to prepare for the holidays before Amazon. And, oh yeah, two days until The Force Awakens (and the new cantina scene.) How does a ragtag army in need of a shower somehow defeat a global superpower?


  1. str8talk says:

    “What the Republican collectivity has to realize is that it is they and the policies they produced that are the reason Trump, Carson and Cruz currently hold an overwhelming majority of Republican votes.”

    From Buchanan’s latest column. Spot on.

    • saltycracker says:

      Economic opportunity zones for major corporations like Brandon’s Beach at the former UPS place by Walmart in Roswell was for GM high tech employees.

      I suspect everyone would be better off if we just took the sandbox of corporate taxes and economic development out of the tax code. Maybe just flat tax business at like o.25% – 0.5% of revenue and watch the screaming.

  2. saltycracker says:

    I am with the Gullahs on the idea that property taxes based on best land use or what a neighbor sells for increases my taxes is confiscatory. But Not with them that they should be singled out as a special people for a tax break while the multigenerational family of another race down the beach gets screwed.

    But to flip it around and expect all the rest of the county to provide the entire community expensive things takes a lot of chutzpah.

    What’s next, this is a sacred land of oaks and wildlife to be saved by a massive casino ?

  3. Teri says:

    I’m inclined to agree. Here’s a link –

    Honestly, this plan seems a weensy bit half-baked to be talking about that kind of a TAD investment. They don’t have buy-in from the school board, and while they have a smattering of commitments (from Nalley and Third Rail Studios, and both of those are a big deal), are these enough to justify supporting the TAD. Can opponents argue that because they already have those commitments, that’s evidence that this could happen sans TAD? I can see how the development passes the “but for” test that is necessary for a TAD to happen, but I also think that Rep. Millar’s remarks are a bit apocalyptic.

    • gcp says:

      Agree. Perry’s group bought the property for 50 mil without any TAD promise from the county (as far as we know) and now they want it. I could perhaps see a much smaller amount, maybe 10 to 20 mil once commitments are in place, but not 247 million. Commissioners need to vote “no” on this mess.

      • Dave Bearse says:

        The purchasers have already recovered a third of their investment when they sold 20 acres of the 160 acre site to Nalley for $19M. And what do car lots need in the way of new public infrastructure anyway?

        • gcp says:

          Correct, Nalley doesn’t need infrastructure improvements. Nalley could locate on PIB with the other car dealers if they want immediate road access or go somewhere else.

          This project was supposed to be office, retail and housing. I could see some county/city funded improvements to Motors Industrial up front and Peachtree Rd in the back but otherwise everything else (including MARTA tunnel) should be funded by Perry’s group.

          What’s odd about this whole thing is Dekalb is always screaming about needing more tax revenue but at the same time they are willing to forgo a whole lot of tax revenue with this deal.

  4. seenbetrdayz says:

    FYI Teri, the vandalism story hyperlink takes me back to the one about the democratic search for senator.

    Unless maybe they were looking in the Islamic center for a candidate and knocked some stuff over during their search.

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