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Atlanta City Council Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Post Date:06/21/2017 7:57 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

 

CONTACT:
Dexter M. Chambers
Council Communications Director
(404) 330-6309/392-0159
dchambers@atlantaga.gov 

June 20, 2017

 

Atlanta City Council Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
Council Increases Base Salaries for City Firefighters and Raises City’s Minimum Wage to $13 Per Hour 

ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council on Wednesday approved a $648.6 million Fiscal Year 2018 General Fund Budget which increases the starting salaries for city firefighters and the city’s minimum wage to $13 per hour beginning July 1. The general fund is part of the city’s $2 billion operating budget for FY18.

The amended budget was approved by a vote of 14-0.

"Today was a very good day for our city employees,” said City Council President Ceasar Mitchell. “Through my leadership and the efforts of council, we were able to secure a 3 percent raise for a group of employees who have been excluded for years. We increased our minimum wage from $10.10 per hour to $13.00 per hour in the new budget and $14.00 per hour in next year's budget. We also raised the floor for salaries for our brave men and women with the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department. These raises were the results of the hard work of the Employee Compensation Technical Advisory Group I convened in 2014 to deal with compensation for our city employees. Today, we sent a strong message to all of our employees that their hard work is appreciated," Mitchell said.

The $13 per hour wage increase will impact 360 city employees. The current city minimum wage is $10.10 per hour. Georgia’s minimum wage is $5.15. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.

The council also approved a policy statement committing itself to increasing the city’s minimum wage to $14 per hour starting July 1, 2018 and $15 per hour starting July 1, 2019.

Pay increases for firefighters have been set up on a three-tier system based on years of service. The base salaries for firefighters are as follows starting July 1:

Tier I
$40,000 for 0 to 10 years of service; 

Tier II
$43,428 for 11 to 15 years of service; 

Tier III
$46,856 for 15-plus years of service;  

The base salaries for firefighters do not include additional compensation when education and other credentials earned are considered.

City employee pay grades 19 and above will receive a 3-percent salary adjustment. That increase excludes salaries of $150,000 and above. The minimum salary for a grade 19 position is $41,000 per year, although education and skill requirements are factors.

Additional amendments include funding for:

  • Hosea Feed the Hungry in the amount of $200,000
  • Zika Virus prevention in the amount of $400,000
  • Critical new vehicles and equipment for the Department of Public Works in the amount of $500,000
  • Road and sidewalk improvements along Memorial Drive in the amount of $541,292
  • A new police precinct in Zone 3, District 12 in the amount of $1,000,000

Finance and Executive Committee Chair Howard Shook commended his colleagues after Wednesday’s vote for approving a balanced budget that addresses the city’s priorities.

“This will be the last budget that this council prays over. After this, we will resume our normal programming in a political atmosphere,” Shook said. “Next year, some of us will be sitting next to one or two seatmates who will be brand new. While they are going to bring a lot of energy and a lot of new ideas, only a veteran council like this one has learned how and when to come together.”

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