A Response To the City of Atlanta’s Critique of “Rescuing the City of Atlanta From A Fiscal Crisis”

In May of 1995, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation published a report authored by John Sherman, “Rescuing Atlanta From A Fiscal Crisis,” the purpose of which was set forth in the first paragraph:

“America’s cities are in trouble. Faced with increased demands for services, cut- backs in state and federal funds, and a dwindling tax base, many cities have resorted to higher and higher taxes. Several progressive city governments, however, have found ways to maintain services without raising taxes. They have achieved their success through methods such as privatization, consolidating city and county services, improving employee accountability, greater use of volunteers, and professional city management. Few cities could benefit more from these alternatives than the City of Atlanta.”