A summary of the budget is as follows:
- No increase in the city’s millage rate
- Increase of Operation Shield Camera fund to maintain and purchase public safety cameras and license plate readers
- Extra funding to aid support operations of the Office of the Inspector General
- Extra budget for the Department of Transportation for speed humps installation
Jennifer Ide, the Finance and Executive Committee Chair, commends her fellow City Councilmen and the mayor following Monday’s vote.
“This year’s budget meets the goal that we have each year of adopting a budget that’s balanced, fiscally sound, and makes investments in our community. We worked together again remotely this year to tackle the complex budget issues that we’re facing, particularly as we navigate our recovery efforts from the pandemic. This year’s process was once again very collaborative and I commend the Council, our Research and Policy team, and the mayor and her staff for working together to address the needs of our city,” Ide said.
There are other items approved on Monday, including:
- Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appoints Rodney Bryant to serve as chief of the Atlanta Police Department (Legislative Reference No. 21-C-0064).
- The City of Atlanta-Fulton County Joint Committee establishment consisted of representatives from the City of Atlanta and Fulton County in developing a framework to assist the Fulton County sheriff with severe overcrowding at the Fulton County Jail (Legislative Reference No. 21-R-3212).
- Declaring the Atlanta spa mass shooting on March 16, 2021, as a disaster following the United States Internal Revenue Code Section 139 and appoints the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta Chapter as a financial vehicle for victims of disaster relief, allowing the mayor or her designee to be included in any agreements related to this designation effectiveness.
- Due to the impact of COVID-19 on business, an ordinance waiving portions of The City’s Procurement and Real Estate Code and permit the city to change certain concession agreements at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a maximum period of 18 months (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0310)
- The mayor or her designee is authorized to apply and accept a Police Reform and Racial Justice Grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the amount of $175,000 to assist the city’s efforts to achieve racial justice through policy reform (Legislative Reference No. 21-R-3552).
- The mayor or her designee is authorized to execute a special procurement agreement on behalf of the City of Atlanta with Georgia State University for researches related to the feasibility of creating a workforce career trade program, including the City of Atlanta workforce development bonds issuance sustained through an employee opt-in payroll deduction for a term of six months, in a maximum amount of $58,000.
Some items will be considered in the next committee meeting next week. Those items are shown on Atlanta City Council official website at citycouncil.atlanta.gov.