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Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Pay Increase for Sworn Police and Fire Personnel and Recruits as Part of Fiscal Year 2019 City Budget

Post Date:06/18/2018 7:57 PM

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Dexter Chambers
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June 18, 2018


Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Pay Increase for Sworn Police and Fire Personnel and Recruits as Part of Fiscal Year 2019 City Budget 

ATLANTA—Citing the need to remain competitive with neighboring jurisdictions, the Atlanta City Council on Monday approved a 3.1-percent salary increase for sworn police and fire personnel and recruits as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 City budget. The salary increase would apply to recruits and sworn personnel who receive a satisfactory performance evaluation.

By a vote of 15-0, the Council adopted an operating budget of $2.1B for FY19. The general fund appropriation, which supports city services such as police, fire and parks, as well as planning, community development and administrative support services, is set at $661.3M for the coming fiscal year.

The budget is based on a projected modest 2.5-percent growth in the value of new construction in the city.

The FY19 City budget reflects an added:

  • $2.6 million investment in parks and recreation upgrades;
  • $1 million for the city’s funding and support of the arts;
  • $3 million for information technology to improve cyber security;
  • $1.2 million to establish a citywide maintenance cleanup crew;
  • $258,336 for the City’s ethics department;
  • $110,000 for the City’s audit department;
  • $1,000 one-time bonus for City of Atlanta correctional officers and personnel; and
  • $500 one-time bonus for all City of Atlanta general employees.

For the ninth straight year, FY19 will also include a modest reduction in City of Atlanta property taxes for ratepayers said Finance/Executive Committee Chairman Howard Shook.

“I think the residents need to understand that for years now, we have not raised the City’s millage rate,” Shook said. “In fact, we have rolled them back. It’s called living within your means without having the kneejerk reaction of turning to ratepayers during the worst and best of economic conditions.”

Calling the process of approving a new city budget remarkable, Shook said, “This has me thinking of some of the great things we can do by working together.”

“I want to thank the mayor and her team,” said Council President Felicia Moore. “This has been a good collaborative budget process between the council and the administration. This was also one of the smoother budget adoption processes I’ve seen in 20 years.

“This budget represents a significant and ongoing investment in service areas that directly impact the quality of life of our residents,” Moore said. “We are pleased that after a series of departmental hearings and a well-attended public hearing, we were able to work with the administration to make the necessary adjustments to better serve the needs of our city.”

The FY19 budget begins July 1.


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