The Atlanta City Council on Saturday, June 20, approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2021 in a 13-2 vote.

The general fund budget is approximately $673 million for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The Fiscal Year 2021 budget includes:

• No increase in the millage rate.

• Adding $427,000 for the Atlanta Citizen Review Board to increase funding for outreach and communications, additional positions, and renovation and relocation efforts.

• $1.6 million to launch an Equitable Growth Grant program focused on the creation and attraction of high-quality, middle-wage jobs

• $1.5 million for the expansion of the Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Initiative to support the hiring of additional staff, other costs to cover direct participant expenses, the purchase of vehicles, and additional office space.

• $500,000 in funding to the city Department of Transportation to install speed humps.

Additionally, the council approved legislation to create a Public Safety and Community Support Restricted Fund and authorize the chief operating officer to produce a report of recommendations to enhance the city’s approach to public safety.

See more details on the budget breakdown at this link.

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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.