BOC allocates airport CID money

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Commissioners set aside $50,000 Tuesday for a Community Improvement District it may decide to join next month.

The Airport East Community Improvement District is proposed for the Sullivan Road and Phoenix Boulevard area of College Park. It would need the approval of business owners in the area, the county commission and College Park City Council.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to transfer the funds for the CID from the county’s general fund to a fund for “Other Contract Service Fees.” Commissioners Sonna Singleton and Gail Hambrick voted against the transfer, along with six other budget amendments proposed this week.

Although the money has been set aside for the CID, it does not mean the county has signed on to the project. The commission must still vote on a resolution to join the district. Interim County Attorney Jack Hancock said that vote is expected to be taken Sept. 3.

The funding would be used to help get the district started if the county joins the project.

Singleton asked Hancock if it was proper procedure to allocate money for the district before a decision had been made about joining it. Hancock told her the commission could do it because they were setting aside money in case they decided to be a participant in the CID.

If the commission joins the project, it will get to appoint a member of a CID board that will oversee spending of proceeds from a special property tax which will be assessed on businesses located in the district. A similar Airport West Community Improvement District exists on the Fulton County side of College Park.

Airport East would be a separate, unofficial extension of that district because state law forbids a CID from existing in more than one county.