By Sandra Rose  | 

Kwanza Hall Mary Norwood Ceasar Mitchell

Tempers flared in meeting halls around Atlanta on Friday as Fulton County homeowners voiced their complaints about skyrocketing property taxes in Fulton County.

Emotions erupted as homeowners packed a small, hot room in Alpharetta to express their concerns to their commissioner and tax assessor.

Many who waited in line for an hour were worried they may lose their homes because they can't afford to pay the increased taxes.

Taxes increased over 100% in historically black areas such as College Park and Old Fourth Ward. Black homeowners say the high tax increases promotes gentrification by making these areas too expensive for low income homeowners.

Black homeowners complain that the increased property taxes will make it impossible for them to stay in their homes.

Last week the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution asking the county to delay the 2017 tax assessment digest.

City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is running for mayor, said “My concern is, that the clock is ticking for thousands and thousands of residents."

But Norwood showed no such concern in 2014 when she voted to increase property taxes as high as 50% in black areas of Atlanta.

Also running for mayor are Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Councilman Kwanza Hall -- both of whom voted to raise property taxes in 2014.

Norwood, Hall and Mitchell have publicly expressed sympathy for property owners who are hit with massive tax bills in 2017. All three are hoping their constituents forget that they voted to increase their property taxes.

Homeowners now wonder if the concerns expressed by the three leading mayoral candidates are politically motivated.

If Norwood is elected mayor of Atlanta, she will be the city's first white mayor in 44 years.

Ceasar Mitchell, pictured below with his daughter, is running on a campaign of inclusivity. He plans to make Gay Pride rainbow painted crosswalks a permanent fixture in midtown Atlanta.

Cesar Mitchell

  • nick c

    Gentrification has been in for some time now what has Atlanta been doing?

  • tt

    Atlanta hasn't been Atlanta since about 2006

  • tt

    Atlanta hasn't been Atlanta since about 2006

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Didn't the white chick run for mayor eight years ago against the current mayor?

  • deadellamore
  • BRuhman_Vista

    Is this meme somehow related to this post?

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Hi Sandra and Everyone. Excellent post Dear. Mary Norwood is gonna be the next Mayor; and Mary Norwood is an extreme opportunist, a chameleon, and a bold faced liar. Ditto for Mitchell and Hall. They are all part of the effort to transform Atlanta into a San Fran/NYC. That effort makes no allowances for poor, Black residents, who they could care less about.

    Kasim Reed is a puppet of the multi-million dollar development corporations, which saw their influence morph under Reed's administration. But that was the game plan all along: developers, especially Cousins Properties, have long desired to "reinvent" Atlanta with the goal of transforming the city into a majority white, higher earning city like Seattle, but with amenities tailored almost exclusively to wealthy wealthy whites and Asians as well, like San Francisco.

    Those developers knew that installing a white mayor would be difficult due to bigoted Atlanta's racial history, and the fact that the city has long maintained a solid Black power structure.

    So Kasim Reed was recruited, and he's a man who did what mayors Campbell, Young and Jackson never dreamed of doing--forcing poor Black people out of their own homes, out of their own city and into places such as Clayton county, where public transportation was nonexistent.

    Reed did the bidding, and the developers did the building.

    Atlanta's downtown used to boast a number of thriving Black neighborhoods and small businesses. Not anymore.

    There's just no way Atlanta is majority Black anymore, and that is an absolute shame. Its also a result of the work of Kasim Reed's sellout ass.

  • free

    kwanza and ceasar can hang it up....

  • free

    add H.J. Russel who, while black, is as full of sh!t as the white ones.

  • Scromes1212

    This is a huge problem around the country in poor communities. And we see black democrats supporting this smh then turn around and ask for our vote. This is one of the main causes of gentrification.

  • Messenger

    Every person in Politics is crooked. If not, they wouldn't be in office. You have to be a liar to win in the first place.

  • Simone

    Re-read the article. It's about local government. It has nothing to do with President Trump.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I don't live in Atlanta but I hope these three fools don't get elected. Bruh man thinks a rainbow colored paint job is enough to satisfy the people!!! I hope everyone in Atlanta remembers these three clowns when voting time rolls around...

  • Tee Tee

    1996 lol

  • Wile E. Coli

    Somebody named their kid Kwanza? lol.

  • hottlanta

    Just like someone named their child Reality, Moon Zappa, Tag, Twig and my all time favorite Apple.

  • hottlanta

    They been doing this forever. They couldn't wait to get our old Summerhill community where AA notables like Maynard Jackson grew up. Old Jeri Curl Douglas Dean sold the city out, especially during the Olympics. They thought moving out to the suburbs they were getting away from crime but then they realized crime in the suburbs are just as bad as crime in the city and now they are moving back to Atlanta. They are killing me with the affordable rent rate of $1000.00 a month for 1 bedroom small apartment. I been here all my life, see it everyday but these black folks down here are waking up and they ain't playing.

  • hottlanta

    Yep her raggedy car was her commercial. Reid people wasn't having it.

  • hottlanta

    1980.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Don't forget "Blanket"!

  • hottlanta

    They come to certain black neighborhoods but I know certain one's ain't playing that mess. We still have our thriving black neighborhoods. All over there at Wolf Creek/CampCreek Pkwy/Jonesboro/South DeKalb/Snapfinger/Wesley Chapel and numerous more to name. Cascade will always be known as a thriving black neighborhood. We are scattered all over the place, they can't stop us. They take over a black neighborhood, we make another black neighborhood. A lot of us ain't trying to live north of Atlanta. We love our southside. I know I do.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I'm glad to hear black folks down there are not going for the okey-doke because they will take over your neighborhoods, change the names of your town, raise the rent and then act surprised when you are still living in 'their' neighborhood.

  • TeeTee

    I don't even want to get started on our "affordable living" or the cost of living is low here.. SAID WHO?

  • Cricket404

    My vote is for Bottoms. Kwanza Hall just announced new sidewalks for the area in front of Ponce city Market at a cost of $26 million. He got the money before the blueprints...Meanwhile, Buckhead has new HD cameras on every city street linked to APD, while in black crime potential areas we are blacked out. The house next to my daughter's school was $60k in 2014, it's $400k as of Friday. It's directly on the WESTSIDE Beltline off Cascade. On Saturdays, bus tours drive around white hipsters willing to pay to be close to the Beltline and Downtown (black folks hood is always Downtown). A brewery is set to open in the Fall. Hipsters came to the 4th Ward in the MLK District and now black folks can't afford to live there.

  • hottlanta

    Yeah they act as if you are trespassing on your own property. My LilHot lives off WolfCreek and they have some white people who have moved in their neighborhood and them folks are letting them have it. They will have a HOA meeting and try to take over and stuff as if they don't know what they are doing. They got one white lady and they treated her the same way they treats us driving while black in a white neighborhood. LilHot started filming her riding her car up and down the neighborhood everyday and just stopping. They went to her car one day and ask her what was she doing there and they noticed how she would drive up and down the neighborhood and if she keeps it up they are going to call the police on her. Lil-Hot had me rolling when the white lady showed her identification that she lived in the neighborhood and said she was playing the Pokeman game. She stopped riding through the neighborhood everyday after that. She probably said how dare those Negras stop and ask me who I am and do I live out here. I told Lil-Hot you should have asked her what kind of tax abatement plan did she get to move into a black neighborhood because black people don't get tax breaks to move into a white neighborhood.

  • hottlanta

    Betta say it. When they open that brewery it's gonna be white folks getting drunk fighting all over the place. I go down Auburn Avenue and cry because I remember the rich black history it had there. That damn trolley is a waste of education money. I was mad as all hell when I heard they took 9 million dollars of education money to build that waste of track for nothing.

  • Anunnaki

    moon zappa, WTH

  • Peter Piper ATL

    There'll always be Black neighborhoods no matter where you go, and that's a good thing. However, we're talking about political power--in the core city. The southside has never had much of it, and even that share is dwindling.

    Developers don't care about the Black suburbs; they want to control the real prize--Atlanta. And its gonna happen. The West End was a major step but even before that, there was the demolition of the projects.

    My family has lived in Cascade for generations but I see signs of change there as well. I do agree it'll be much harder for the developers and their hired politicians to drive us out of Cascade though.

    But Cascade isn't the goal; once they cement their position in other core areas of the city, they'll have consolidated enough acreage to do what they want to do politically and that's a bet.

  • Cricket404

    I rode that thing and it is a total waste. From Downtown, Midtown to Buckhead cranes are in the sky building condos and parking lots, there's a lot of money going around. The only blacks I see in construction sites are the ones holding stop signs or labor ready/workforce development minimum wage type gigs.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "A brewery is set to open in the Fall. Hipsters came to the 4th Ward in
    the MLK District and now black folks can't afford to live there."
    ---------------

    When I was a visiting nurse, I saw patients in that area from downtown to Cascade. I can't believe it when I see the formerly black areas that were gentrified in less than a decade.

  • speakinmymind

    I do agree that the extreme tax hikes should be investigated before any property owner pays the increased amount, and White intown neighborhoods were hit just as hard as the Black neighborhoods. The official explanation from the tax assessor is that property taxes were frozen for some years since the recession and Fulton County has been fined for assessing properties in some areas at 80% or less below fair market value. In order to avoid being fined again this year and correct the values to current market values, assessments were done based on 100% fair market value which has changed drastically based on increased sales activity in intown neighborhoods, some more than others.

    I have been in the intown Cascade area a little more than 3 years and was shocked at how low our property taxes have been. I even questioned it at our closing, so I knew a correction or considerable increase would happen sooner rather than later. The raggedy streets, lack of sidewalks, poor city services, etc. are directly related to the low tax base in this area. I am well aware of the history of this area but the decades long history of Black representation from the mayor(s) on down and lack of education about residential and commercial development, property maintenance, property values in relation to property taxes, etc. is to blame for the current state of this particular intown Black neighborhood.

    How Is it that I have John Lewis, Andrew Young, etc. all within a short distance of me and we don't even have sidewalks and smooth, pothole-free streets to drive on. Everything isn't always White people doing this or that to us...we do a whole lot of shit to each other.

  • speakinmymind

    I live over here and a lot of the properties are rundown and folks are more concerned about driving a new Mercedes or Range Rover instead of investing in renovations to their homes (interior and exterior). All these college-educated movers and shakers yet they know (or don't care to know) about increasing and maintaining property values. Surely they knew the taxes on a 4000 square foot house shouldn't be $300 indefinitely?!?

  • BrittBrat2005

    Atlanta welcome to the game.. That's exactly what they have done with New Orleans, right after katrina everything sky rocket from housing to schools, taxes etc. They have made it so hard for their own people to live in New Orleans, because they basically about to make it all tourist city, they don't giving a d*mn about their people. My aunt been living on the same property for over 35 years, when katrina happen she rebuild with her own money no insurance claim or fema, the same house shape and everything, why her taxes then triple the amount it was be before katrina. And like government housing in New Orleans they starts at 900 and up, when back in the day they where 100 and something to 600. Thats why a lot New Orleanians then relocated not because crimes but the prices are crazy. They can't afford it like they used to.

  • Judi Lauren

    Agreed. I just bought my house in the same area, and saw that my taxes went up like $600. But prior to buying the house, I looked at the history and it seems it was only within $150 or so of the increase in the past, before dropping to what I paid this past year. I was ready to nut up for a minute. Although, our sidewalks and streets are fixed over here since the mayor lives over here.

  • Judi Lauren

    I just bought three houses in the area. I am finding A LOT of resistance from the homeowners which even though I'm flipping, I love. I'm not too greedy. I'll get the houses I can.

  • Jamal Warner

    They do not want black people there. Gentrification is to benefit white people. Whenever black people move to an area white people move out. New Orleans is nothing without the people that made it what it has been. Gentrification just made it a cheap knock off. Atlanta is being heavily gentrified due to poor black neighborhoods with cheap prices.

  • Judi Lauren

    Said ppl who come from places like NYC, where gentrification has raised 1 bedroom rent to $4500 a month for a shoebox. $1000 is a steal.

  • Judi Lauren

    I just had one move in our subdivision too. I had to do a double take.

  • Luv Pitties

    I am starting to see ALOT of GA tags in the Carolinas now, but it's mostly Whites.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Oh so they're trying to turn ATL in Brooklyn ? Ship in all the gross disgusting, liberal passive aggressive racist hipster white people and push out the blacks. SMH! I swear there is a council of white folks that meet up in secret and plan this shit nation/ world wide. It's getting so bad they're gentrifying countries now aka modern day colonization.

  • Luv Pitties

    Is Alpharetta still Fulton county or is it now Milton county? I remember a few years back there was a huge debate about Fulton not wanting Alpharetta to leave.

  • Luv Pitties

    I remember when some schools in Clayton County was losing their accreditation, this was not long after they stopped the bus line. I used to live on Riverdale Rd and remember all those transportation vans popping up for people.

  • Carmen Harrison Johnson

    Alpharetta & Milton are still in Fulton County

  • Chuck

    The ninjas will vote the white lady in because that's what you do.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!! Tell her to also ask for her birth certificate. She just might have to call ICE on her!!!

  • disqus_MNq5Mrn4CF

    lmao. I asked my co-worker just the other day what Blanket's real name is and this bish turned around and snapped "BLANKET!" I said "Bish!" ..lmao..

  • Wile E. Coli

    MJ was a walkin' talkin' freak show.

  • free

    NOLA is off the chain. $280k for a 800 sq ft shotgun. but it has a chef's kitchen lol. and on a street that floods with every hard rain.

  • Wile E. Coli

    SO you're saying that some white lady playing pokemon was some kind of a threat to the tribe? And they ran her out. Even though, she has as much right as anyone to be there. Let's see how happy you would be if the same thing happened in a white neighborhood to a black woman. You racists here are so full of yourselves you can't see how profoundly daft you really are.

  • Wile E. Coli

    derp

  • noireyblanca

    Jason Black has a documentary called "Gentrified" & I recommend that every black person see it. It's going down all over the country. YOU WILL BE MOVED!! We are living in the COON AGE, where those "leaders" with black skin have the same evil intentions as our oppressors.

  • Tee Tee

    LOL you would know hottlanta. I took my husband to Uptown Comedy Club for his bday in Feb. We had to walk over to Club Stilettos until the next set, omg I was like "these are the strip clubs they rave about in rap music?" Thank goodness we only had to wait for 15 minutes. I still can't get over the overwhelming smell of cheap body spray.

  • YellowSauce

    There IS a group but nobody wants to admit they exist .... I live in brooklyn by the way lol

  • Storm’s Rage!

    Girl, I dont know if you live in NYC or ever been there. But, NYC is the epitome of gentrification. All the Blacks and Hispanics just being tossed out of their neighborhoods. When the white hipsters show up, the rent skyrockets and the people cant afford ish. The souls are being ripped out those neighborhoods. Its so eerie, esp if you know or remember old NY.

  • Storm’s Rage!

    None of them are good for the people. Oh boy trying to ally with gays for votes.

  • Storm’s Rage!

    Girl, Brooklyn, Harlem, Queens and now the Bronx.

  • noireyblanca

    There's a segment in the documentary on NY as well. It's a damn shame.

  • Storm’s Rage!

    I remember years ago, there was this Puerto Rican guy that told me that, when he used to live in the Washington Heights in Harlem, that there would be bus loads of white and Jewish men that come into the Heights and canvas the neighborhood. And the next thing you know, people are moving out of a building, bc they have a new land lord. I mean, these people are going onto these areas, getting very good deals on these buildings,townhouses, and Brownstones and selling them back to black and Hispanic, even White people at an exorbitant cost. I cant even imagine how it was during the height of the recession.

  • Storm’s Rage!

    I believe it!

  • Storm’s Rage!

    fuhking god. The white bihsh come into their neighborhood racial profiling them and its ok?

  • Storm’s Rage!

    basically

  • Storm’s Rage!

    wow

  • Storm’s Rage!

    bwahhahaha. Girl, you know the real reason why you was on the move. You didnt want them nasty strippers to be twerking on your husband. lol

  • YellowSauce

    Yes it hurts my heart .. I don't even want to live here anymore but if the alternative is the south ? I may have to grin an bare it ... it seems that driving in the south while black is NOT safe ( ehem can you say sandra bland ? ) so right now I'm just weighing my options SMH ...

  • Wile E. Coli

    fucking ENGLISH please. Ignorant , racist tube.