District 8 Newsletter
J.P. Matzigkeit, City of Atlanta
Thoughts from J.P.
This month, crime and finances are on my mind. When it comes to finances, we will approve a new budget in the next few weeks for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.
Despite (or perhaps because of) the pandemic, we should be fine - at least for next year. We lost and will continue to lose a lot of revenue because of the pandemic, but federal stimulus programs will help us make up those losses.
As has been the case for more than a decade, there will be NO increase in the city’s 25% share of your property taxes. Equally important, we WILL make good on promised raises to our police and firefighters; raises for others will have to wait. We need our public safety officers now more than ever. My motto is, “take care of the people who take care of us,” and that is what we are doing.
Crime is a more vexing problem, as you’ll see. But I wanted to share with you this map that provides an important perspective for District 8.