What are you planning to do with YOUR Trump Tax Bill return? You know, the $300 or so, annually, the average Athenian household stands to benefit under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? And what if we told you the best thing you could do with it is give it away?
In the coming years, we, the poorest college town in the country, will have to weather the severe draw-down of support from federal programing. Cuts to education, housing and transportation are funding the very $300 tax cut that’s burning a hole in your pocket. You are receiving, as a household, somewhere between $6 and $15 additional dollars per week, and this is being presented as a wealth generator for our nation by those who crafted this legislation. What they are not talking about is the cuts, and the long-term implications for local communities.
“Render Unto Athena” funds are being directed to the Athens Area Community Foundation to support the strategic investment of our community in improving our community’s well-being. Our possibilities are limited only by our commitment and the creativity we bring to the task, and so we ask you to join us in putting our tax dollars back to work in Athens.
In partnership with all those who call Athens home, we are calling upon any and all of our neighbors to join us in investing in a resilience fund for our community. If the 40,000 households in Athens put our $300 together we’d have $12 million. And if we repeated that cycle in each of the seven years this tax cut remains in effect; well, then you've got $84 million. Spent wisely, stewarded more wisely still, that's the kind of money that could transform our city. We could become the “city set on a hill” and recreate the safety net being drained to fund this bill.
Initially, the fund will be used to support The Ark and its ongoing and strategic movement toward providing asset-building options for low-income Athenians. For more information on the Ark’s current financial programming, please see http://www.athensark.org/cwa.
We ask you to join us in committing to our community in preparation for a widening of the social gaps. Put the modest increase you may have seen in your latest paychecks to the building of a hedge of protection about our community.
Let us all “Render Unto Athena” that which Caesar has returned, and make sure we “stay ready so we don’t have to get ready.”