Felicia Moore: Employee Issues Tops As Atlanta City Council Tackles Budget

Council President also talks homeless and corruption probe

Maria Boynton
June 18, 2018 - 1:14 pm

It's a $2.1 billion dollar budget, across all funds, is being tackled by  Atlanta City Council.  According to Council President Felicia Moore, "where the rubber meets the road for citizens, is over $600 million for our general fund", which is being voted on today. Moore says there will be no property tax increases, "we're rolling back, so the City of Atlanta will not add to your property tax burden, but there are some issues the council will still be grappling with." Those issues include increasing salaries for police and fire safety, and possibly bonuses for other employees.

The general operating account, of more than $600 million, covers police, fire, ect. There's also the water and sewer fund, the airport fund, and other enterprise funds.

When I caught up with President Moore Sunday at the Family Food Fest Atlanta, we talked about the effort to create independent procurement review officers. The position, according to Moore, would be responsible for making sure, before any expenditure is approved by council, that the process has been fair.

It's Moore's first budget as council President. She says she thinks "it will be good for the citizens." It's also Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' first budget as leader of the city.