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  • ATLANTA METRO SPORTS AUTHORITY NEEDED?

         In a column in Sunday's ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Donald
    Ratajczak writes the City of Atlanta "loses competitively to the
    surrounding communities by hosting sporting activities," and
    because of that, an area sports authority is needed.   Ratajczak
    notes that the City of Atlanta footed the extra $300,000 for
    additional safety and traffic needs and additional expenditures
    "in excess of a half million dollars."  Ratajczak says that while
    the city does gain revenue from hosting large events, "probably a
    third of all spending generated by the Super Bowl falls outside
    Fulton County," with that money having "no impact on city
    revenue."  Ratajczak:  "Counties outside Fulton and even the
    remainder of Fulton outside Atlanta will receive windfalls and
    few expenditures burdens.  Therefore, sports activities within
    the city enrich other jurisdictions at the expense of the city."
    Reasons cited for the need for a metro sports authority:  To
    contract with local community safety agencies and cover lost
    property taxes (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/5).
    

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