"The wisdom to know and the courage to defend the public interest."
Chattanooga is home to a grassroots movement organized by citizens who seek 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 check out the individual web pages. Note the map that shows the location of all tax-favored properties. See also the pages on the recent "surplus" property issue and the MLK TIF.
Please use the contact form if you have questions or suggestions or want to be added to ATM's email list.
Helen Burns Sharp, Founder