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Atlanta City Council Schedules Departmental Briefings on the Proposed FY2019 City of Atlanta Budget

Post Date:05/16/2018 8:04 PM

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Avenue SW, Suite 2551
Atlanta, Georgia 30303 

CONTACT:
Dexter Chambers
Director, Office of Communications
Office: (404) 330-6309
Cell: (404) 392-0159
Email: dchambers@atlantaga.gov 

May 16, 2018

Atlanta City Council Schedules Departmental Briefings on the Proposed FY2019 City of Atlanta Budget

ATLANTA – In conjunction with the annual city budget planning process, the Atlanta City Council will receive a briefing from the Department of Finance on the fiscal condition of the city and the budget development process for the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in the Council Chamber (second floor), Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.

FY19 begins July 1.

The proposed FY19 total operating budget released Wednesday is set at $2.1B, with a general fund appropriation of $667.3M. The general fund expenditures reflect an increase of $18.7M or 2.9 percent over the FY18 adopted budget of $648.6M. This increase is primarily attributed to an additional:

  • $2.6M investment in Parks and Recreation upgrades;
  • $500,000 for information technology network upgrades;
  • $1.2M to establish a citywide maintenance clean-up crew;
  • Funding to raise the city’s living wage to $14 per hour;
  • A $500 one-time bonus for non-sworn employees; and
  • A $1,000 one-time bonus for sworn employees

Departmental budget briefings will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23 in the Council Chamber. The briefings allow council members to discuss each department’s budgetary needs in-depth and current fiscal year expenditures.  

The following departments will present their proposed budgets on May 23:

10 a.m. to noon                      Department of Public Works/Solid Waste/Fleet Services

Noon to 1 p.m.                        Lunch

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.                 Department of Parks and Recreation

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.            Invest Atlanta

On Tuesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. the Atlanta City Council will hold a public hearing on the city’s tax millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year. The proposed budget assumes a rollback in the city’s property tax millage rate and a modest 2.5 percent growth in the value of new construction.

At 6:15 p.m., (on Tuesday, June 5) the council will hold an interactive public hearing on the proposed city budget in the Council Chamber. Atlanta residents, business leaders and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions about the City of Atlanta’s proposed budget and city services that will be provided or impacted. The meeting will be broadcast live on City Channel 26.

Questions from participants will be answered during the live broadcast. The meeting also will be streamed on the City of Atlanta’s website at www.atlanta.ga.gov (Click on the ATL City Channel 26 icon in the middle of the webpage and then on the words: “Watch Channel 26 Live” located on the left of the screen.)

Questions can be submitted electronically and via telephone before and during the live interactive public hearing using the following:

  1. Participants unable to physically attend the meeting can submit questions via email to citycouncilcommunications@atlantaga.gov

  2. Citizens can also submit their questions through Twitter @ATLCouncil using the hashtag #atlbudget

  3. Questions can be called into 404-330-6309
    Citizens can text questions to 404-392-0159

  4.  Or submit questions via the Atlanta City Council’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/atlantacitycouncil/

The FY19 Proposed City of Atlanta Budget can be viewed here.

The council is scheduled to adopt a FY19 budget on Monday, June 18.

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