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The city council unanimously voted to approve Atlanta’s $677 million budget for FY2020.
The budget includes no increases to the city’s millage rate, a 3.1 percent pay increase for all fire rescue department sworn personnel, a 3.1 percent pay increase for 911 dispatchers, and an increase to the minimum wage of city employees to $15 per hour, according to council materials. Additionally, $800,000 was allocated to fund the Office of Independent Compliance and $150,000 will be used to enhance the programming of senior services.
“I commend the Council, including our City Council Research and Policy staff, along with the mayor’s team, for their collaboration toward making this another relatively seamless budget process,” City Council President Felicia Moore said in a statement. “The due diligence required to address many of the more complex budget issues was performed during the departmental hearings and an interactive public hearing. As always, the budget represents a substantive investment in service areas that directly impact the quality of life for citizens of Atlanta, and we look forward to continually serving the needs of our city.”
The council also approved a resolution authorizing a five-year cooperative purchasing agreement for public safety cameras and other equipment for the police department, a resolution to create a commission to determine how to best honor Lonnie King Jr., and an ordinance to name the community garden in Sara Gonzalez Park after fallen police officer Edgar Flores, according to council materials