Atlanta City Council News Release

Atlanta City Council schedules departmental briefings on the proposed FY2018 City of Atlanta Budget

ATLANTA – In conjunction with the annual city budget planning process, the Atlanta City Council will receive a briefing from the Department of Finance on the fiscal condition of the city, the budget development process for the proposed FY18 budget and additional financial updates from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the council chamber (second floor), Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.

For FY18, the City of Atlanta is proposing a $2 Billion Operating Fund Budget, an increase of $30.2 Million or 1.5 percent over the FY17 adopted budget. The proposed General Fund Budget is $637 Million General Fund Budget, an increase of $29.8 Million over the FY17 adopted budget.

Departmental budget briefings will begin on Wednesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. in the Council Chamber. The briefings allow councilmembers to discuss each department’s budgetary needs and current fiscal year expenditures. The briefings will begin with the following departments:

The following departments will present their proposed budgets:

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.        Department of Public Works/solid Waste/Fleet Services

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.          Break

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.            Department of Parks and Recreation

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.            Department of Procurement

Starting at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 the Atlanta City Council will hold a virtual/interactive public hearing on the proposed city budget in the council chamber when Atlanta residents, business leaders and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions about the City of Atlanta’s proposed budget the city services that will be provided or impacted. The meeting will be broadcast live on City Channel 26.

Questions from participants will be answered during the live broadcast. The meeting will also be streamed on the City of Atlanta’s website (Click on the ATL City Channel 26 icon in the middle of the webpage and click on the words: “Watch Channel 26 Live” located on the left of the screen.)

Questions can be submitted electronically and via telephone during the live public hearing using the following:

  1. Participants unable to physically attend the meeting can submit questions via email to
  1. Citizens can also submit their questions through twitter to @ATLCouncil and use the hashtag #atlFY2018budget
  1. Questions can be phoned in to 404-330-6309
  1. Text questions to 404-392-0159
  1. Or send questions via Facebook by logging on to

A digital copy of the proposed FY18 city budget can be viewed on the city of Atlanta’s website at Under the “government” heading, click on Department of Finance and scroll down to 2018 Proposed Budget Book.

To learn more about the City of Atlanta’s budget, the city’s finance department created Atlanta Budget Explorer (ABE) to give Atlantans the opportunity to take a closer look at how their city expends its money. The set of tools contained within ABE provides a transparent look at the city revenues, expenses and budget by the four major funds and by department. Visit the site at

Moreland Corridor Study Open House 

Please join the Livable Centers Initiative Study Team to review findings of the 10-Year update of the Moreland Corridor Livable Centers Initiative Plan.

Horizon Theater
Tuesday, April 18th, 6:00.

There will be a presentation on the LCI Study findings, then a panel discussion on Arts Districts and Creative Industry.

For more information about this project and to download a current draft of the report see

The Arts and Creative Industry Panel will include:

Andrew Somoza, 
President of UBack, a company that makes charitable giving simple, smart and secure for companies, donors and nonprofits. He is a technology entrepreneur with 20-plus years of experience in leading successful early-stage organizations. Having co-founded a number of technology companies, Andrew has amassed the skills necessary to take a business from concept to exit. His experiences are leveraged by various companies in board and advisory roles. As president of uBack, Andrew is engaged in sales, marketing, operations, technology and investor relations. He holds a bachelor’s in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Somosa also maintains a portfolio of investments reflecting his broad interests, including a partnership now operating the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and the Georgia Theater in Athens, among other venues.

Aileen Almassy 
is Managing Director of Cushman Wakefield in Atlanta. As a 19-year veteran in commercial real estate, she has extensive experience in the leasing and management of Class A Office properties. Ms. Almassy has always been focused on landlord representation, and in her current role as Leasing Director she is responsible for leading Cushman & Wakefield Atlanta’s agency leasing practice and for the marketing and leasing of several office buildings throughout the metro area. Among her recent responsibilities was the office lease-up of Ponce City Market.

Michael Alexander, 
AICP is Director of the Center for Livable Communities at the Atlanta Regional Commission. The Center integrates various aspects of physical planning and data resources to achieve a greater balance of consideration for each area in the Commission’s plans and programs. Activities undertaken by the Center for Livable Communities include the development and maintenance of the Region’s long-range development plan and other functional plans such as the regional transportation plan and water supply plan. Mr. Alexander has worked on numerous planning efforts for ARC including Envision6 and the ARC’s latest adopted plan, Plan2040. Prior to joining the ARC staff, Mr. Alexander worked in Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia in local government planning, specializing in growth and development issues. Mr. Alexander earned dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Community Planning from Auburn University. He’s also served as a Marine Infantryman in Desert Storm.