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ATLANTA METRO SPORTS AUTHORITY NEEDED?
Published February 7, 1995
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).