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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/17/13
Mayor Kasim Reed’s FY 2014 Budget Approved 12-3 by the Atlanta City Council
$539 Million General Fund Budget includes significant employee pay raise and increased funding for public safety; no property tax increase for the fourth year in a row
ATLANTA - The Atlanta City Council voted 12-3 on Monday for the $539 million Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommended by Mayor Kasim Reed. For the fourth year in a row, Mayor Reed’s budget does not impose a property tax increase on Atlanta residents. The budget contains a 3.5 percent pay increase for general employees who earn less than $60,000 per year. The city’s sworn officers will receive a 1.5 percent salary increase. Both increases will be phased-in and tied to performance. The budget also includes more than $500,000 for employee pay adjustments, which includes raising the minimum pay for all employees to at least $10 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
In addition, the FY 2014 budget commits the highest-ever funding to public safety. For example, it contains an allocation for additional technology for the Video Integration Center to allow more security cameras throughout the city, including full coverage of the Peachtree Road Race route. The spending plan maintains or enhances service delivery across key city functions, including the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation, and holds steady the city’s general reserve fund at $126 million.
“I am pleased that my Administration’s fourth budget continues to not only meet, but exceed the goals I established in 2010 to move the City of Atlanta forward,” said Mayor Reed. “The Fiscal Year 2014 budget contains significant investments in public safety and I am especially proud that the city is in a position to offer its employee partners a reasonable and sustainable pay increase. The City of Atlanta is an employer of choice, and we are building a workforce based on talent and merit. This budget clearly shows that the City of Atlanta is on its way back to fiscal health.”
"This Administration has once again delivered a responsible budget that reflects Mayor Reed’s commitment to funding public safety, critical service needs and the workforce,” said Duriya Farooqui, Chief Operating Officer. “With this budget, we continue on the path of fiscal accountability while guaranteeing public safety and funding essential city services for our residents. We have risen to meet Atlanta’s civic challenges through innovation and a push for more efficient operations.”
Mayor Reed’s budget addresses his top priorities for the City of Atlanta, specifically:
Maintains a police force of 2,000 officers.
Continues full 4/4 engine staffing within AFR.
Includes significant police officer deployment for APS.
Reopens Fire Station 7 in historic West End neighborhood.
Expands the Centers of Hope to 2 additional recreation centers and begins additional phased-in programming at 6 additional centers.
Keeps pools open and with additional partnerships through private funds, helps promote summer reading and school preparedness.
Continues support of Invest Atlanta for economic development and job creation with an additional $2.3 million commitment.
Increases funding for the arts by 25 percent and includes funding of $750,000 for the refurbishment and a new art gallery space at 72 Marietta Street in the heart of the downtown Atlanta.
Allocates $770,000 for the demolition of blighted properties to help improve neighborhoods.
Maintains investment in Atlanta Streetcar implementation for completion in 2014 and revitalization of city’s downtown corridor.
Customer Service & Excellence
- Implements phased commitment for employee raises of 1.5 percent for sworn public safety and 3.5 percent for all other employees at $60,000 or less.
- Ensures all city employees and workers are paid a minimum wage of $10 per hour including seasonal workers in city parks and facilities.
- Includes funding to launch the City’s 311 system, which will dramatically improve the City’s ability to respond, track, and resolve constituent requests.
- Overhauls and refreshes video and audio equipment for Channel 26 to enhance public access to meetings and government transparency.
- Establishes the Office of Film and transfers the Office of Cultural Affairs to the Office of the Mayor for improved service and collaboration.
“This budget builds upon the significant actions taken in the last three years to restore the City’s financial health and allows the City to reinvest in core services all while improving financial stability for future years through continued growth of the reserve fund,” said Chief Financial Officer Jim Beard.
The fiscal year 2014 budget takes effect on July 1, 2013 and a full copy of it can be found at www.atlantaga.gov/finance.
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