Atlanta City Council Approves City’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins July 1 (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0250). The general fund budget totals approximately $710 million. The Council also approved the millage rate for the fiscal year (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0243) and legislation adopting the personnel paper (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0289).

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget includes:

  • The General fund forecast of $645M for FY22 is supplemented by $62M in federal support from the American Rescue Plan
  • No increase in the City’s millage rate
  • Increased funding through Operation Shield Camera to maintain and purchase public safety cameras and license plate readers
  • An increased budget for traffic safety that aligns with the Mayor’s Vision Zero Initiative
  • Additional funding to help support operations of the Office of the Inspector General
  • An increased budget for the Department of Transportation to install speed humps
  • Funding for 250 police vacancies
  • A continued commitment to pay raises for sworn members of the police and fire departments
  • Funding for interest payments for affordable housing investments
  • Home repair assistance for legacy residents
  • Continued support and investment in the arts community
  • More resources to build out the Office of Inspector General

Items were introduced to be considered in committee next week including:

• An ordinance authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to amend the Fiscal Year 2021 General Fund Budget by transferring funds from the General Fund to the Capital Finance Fund in an amount not to exceed $1 million on behalf of the Atlanta Department of Transportation to fund street light installation and improvements.

• An ordinance to ratify Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ executive order and lift the moratorium on the acceptance of applications for permits or sub-permits for or relating to outdoor events governed by chapter 142 of the City’s Code of Ordinances at which the attendance is anticipated to be up to 19,999 persons. The ordinance states that the mayor’s Office of Special Events and the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation may resume accepting new applications for permits or sub-permits for or relating to such outdoor events, to provide that all such events may only occur in accordance with certain prescribed COVID-19 mitigation requirements, to provide that the moratorium on the acceptance of new applications for permits or sub-permits for outdoor events at which the attendance is anticipated to be 20,000 or more persons originally ratified by ordinance 20-o-1296, shall remain in place, and that the moratorium on the acceptance of new applications by the Atlanta Police Department for special events governed by Chapter 10, Article II, Division 3 of the City’s code of ordinances, originally ratified by 20-O-1296, shall remain in place.