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If there's a new proposed sales tax on the ballot in Atlanta this year, City Council member Felicia Moore wants to make sure some of the money goes to public safety.

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At the State of the City address last month, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed proposed a one-tenth of a penny sales tax specifically to fund the arts.  The tax could potentially raise $10 million-$15 million.

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The Atlanta City Council  on Tuesday did not approve proposed legislation that would have tightened restrictions on new recording studios.

The ordinance was introduced by Council member Felicia Moore. She said she's received complaints about noise coming from recording studios in her district and too many cars parked outside.

The ordinance would have required all new recording studios to obtain a special use permit and be 300 feet or farther from residential areas.

But her plan failed. She was the only council member who voted for it.

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Atlanta's music scene is legendary, and recording studios are a big part of it.  But, some studios have caused noise complaints.  A few have seen deadly shootings.

That prompted a proposed city ordinance to regulate new recording spaces.  It's set for a full council vote on Tuesday.

If the ordinance passes, new studios would have to be sound proof and have a special use permit.  They also couldn't open within 300 feet of homes. 

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Members of Atlanta's City Council say the city should look into MARTA taking over full operation of the streetcar after state officials threatened to shut the light rail system down. 

At a transportation committee meeting Wednesday, council members grilled city and MARTA officials over how they’re addressing dozens of problems flagged by the Georgia Department of Transportation in a letter sent last month.

Councilman Kwanza Hall said that the city should let MARTA take full control of the system.

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The city of Atlanta says it will neither confirm nor deny that it is going to hire an outside vendor to operate the Atlanta Streetcar.

That's despite several reports saying the city will get a contractor to get the troubled system on track.

The Georgia Department of Transportation's deadline to address and repair numerous problems with the streetcar is June 14; if the system does not meet the deadline, the streetcar could be shut down.

G-DOT identified 60 outstanding problems with the streetcar. They include issues with organization, maintenance and safety.