For the first time in more than two decades, Fulton County Commissioners unanimously passed a county annual budget. The 7-0 vote is the first unanimous approval for a county spending plan since 1991.

The Fiscal Year 2015 of more than $600 million include includes no millage rate increase for any Fulton County homeowners, a 2 percent cost of living pay increase for county employees, and a restoration of hours for the branches of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

The commission restored hours to more than 30 libraries all over the county. Last year, austerity measures forced significant cuts to library hours including the elimination of Friday hours at several branches.

“By far, the reduction of library hours was the most unpopular cut in the 2014 budget,” said Chairman John Eaves. “We heard our residents’ displeasure at that move and wanted to ensure that library visitors once again received maximum access to our world class system.”

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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