A group called Citizens for Clean Water 2012, which appears to have not filed any reports with the State
Ethics Campaign Finance Commission, mailed an 8.5 by 11 postcard to voters in the City of Atlanta supporting a “Yes” vote on Atlanta’s sales tax for sewer repairs.
UPDATED BY CHARLIE:
The Mayor’s office was kind enough to send over the following:
1. A report has been filed with the State Campaign Finance Commission with contributions listed as of 2/24/12.
2. There has been “no advocacy of a tax measure using city resources.” All city-produced videos, posters and materials have been educational in nature, and convey factual information regarding the MOST as allowed by Georgia law. The materials do not expressly call for the approval or rejection of the MOST referendum by the voters.
I agree with Mayor Reed that the renewing the MOST is important to Atlanta’s economic development, and is a sensible alternative to simply having property owners within the City of Atlanta foot the entire bill for needed infrastructure improvement’s in Georgia’s largest economic engine. However, I am not sure voters will be enthusiastic about voting to tax themselves, even if it’s not a new tax, but a continuation of an existing one. I also question whether outright advocacy of a tax measure using city resources crosses the line. Hizzoner was careful in the City-produced video to not actually ask voters to approve the measure, but this may be an example of going right up to the line.