The Atlanta City Council has unanimously approved the fiscal year 2019 budget for the City of Atlanta.
The $661.4 million budget is the first to be proposed by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and focuses on the Administration’s priorities including public safety, economic development, equity, transparency and the quality of life of all city residents.
“I am grateful to the City Council for their support of this budget, which was designed to ensure that the City of Atlanta is operating as a sound steward of public funding while delivering the services, programs and opportunities our residents deserve and our community needs to grow jobs and expand opportunity,” Bottoms said. “I look forward to a continued partnership as we implement the measures this budget will fund.”
Highlights of the approved budget, which does not propose any tax increases or rely upon the City’s reserve funds include the following:
- A 3.1 percent pay increase, plus a one-time $500 bonus for the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department – to assist with both retention and recruitment for these critical public safety roles.
- A one-time, $1000 bonus for the Atlanta Department of Corrections.
- Investments in quality of life initiatives, including a $1 million increase in funding for the arts and $2.6 million for upgrades throughout the City-wide system of parks, recreation, and cultural facilities.
- Funding to support the new One Atlanta Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which is charged with ensuring access to opportunity and oversees efforts including homelessness, criminal justice reform, and LGBTQ affairs.
- The budget also earmarks $100,000 in HIV program resources to begin tackling the city’s HIV/AIDS crisis.
- $3.5 million for upgrades to the City’s IT security and infrastructure.