The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods met on Nov. 8 and discussed several topics.
Among the more notable issues:
— City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean asked for community support for finding new money to pay for local transportation projects. Adrean said that voters’ overwhelming rejection of a penny sales tax to pay for transportation projects has left Atlanta’s leaders brainstorming ways to fund them. She is seeking support to persuade the state Legislature to allow municipalities to charge “partial pennies.” She said currently cities can only tax in whole pennies.
“Across our country, initiatives for partial rates of pennies have a higher rate of acceptance than whole pennies,” Adrean said.
She also thinks the state should revisit its gas tax formula.
— After a discussion about changes at North Atlanta High, BCN members voted to reach out to other leaders around Atlanta to see if they would be interested in a city-wide meeting to discuss charter schools. Atlanta Public School officials angered some in the North Atlanta community by reassigning the school’s leadership team and removing its principal before his official retirement.