ATLANTA- The mayor of Atlanta is pushing for a tax break for a select group of government employees.
Civic and government leaders are looking for a way to entice public safety officers to move inside the city.
Only one in four of the Atlanta Police Departments 1,700 officers live within the city limits.
“Any incentives that we can give to get officers to move and live in the city that they work in creates a greater bond with the citizens, and they care more about what their job is,” said Jason Trombley, an APD investigator and police union official.
City Councilman Lamar Willis backs an initiative proposed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed that would allow a full property break for safety officers who move in the city limits.
Kevin Wallace, with the Georgia State Campus Police, moved to Atlanta from Mableton,Ga. with his wife, an Atlanta Police Officer. Wallace’s house was free, provided by a local foundation.
“The presence in the neighborhood can make some type of change. It’s not going to be a cure-all, it’s not going to happen overnight, but I believe that putting the first foot forward is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Wallace.
Mayor Reed does not have the authority to provide the tax break on his own. He will ask the state Legislature to make the concession for public safety officers and teachers.