Just north of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, College Park might have one of the world's noisiest neighbors. Thousands of planes take off and land each year on the runways just down the road from the city center.
But despite all the noise, College Park resident John Duke thinks the airport is an important part of his city’s identity, and even what makes it great.
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The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled today that the City of College Park can tax businesses at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The two cities have been feuding for years over whether College Park can tax businesses at the airport, some of which lie within the College Park city limits.
By a six-to-one decision, the Court upheld an appeals court ruling that allows College Park to levy taxes on airport business licenses within its boundaries. Atlanta City Attorney Cathy Hampton told WABE that the City is reviewing its next steps in the suit.
That's the message officials in metro Atlanta have for the carrier, which celebrated its first anniversary of Atlanta service on Tuesday morning.
The anniversary was complete with a cake, a DJ, dignitaries, and a paper airplane contest.
"Going forward, you are going to be (an) integral and critical part of (a) success story, not just for the airline industry, but also for Atlanta," said Duriya Farooqui, Atlanta's Chief Operating Officer.