Atlanta City Council to hold virtual town hall on budget

Atlanta residents, business leaders and other stakeholders will have a unique opportunity to give their feedback on the city of Atlanta’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 $539 million city budget during a combined public hearing and virtual town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the Council Chamber, Atlanta City Hall, second floor, 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W. 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 at www.atlanta.ga.gov (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 three ways and during the live public hearing and virtual town hall meeting:

1. Participants unable to physically attend the May 16 meeting can submit questions via email to atlantacouncil@atlantaga.gov

2. Citizens can also submit their questions through twitter to @ATLCouncil and use the hashtag #atlbudget

3. Questions can be phoned in to (404) 330-6309.

Questions will also be taken from participants in attendance during the meeting on Thursday, May 16.

A digital copy of the proposed 2014 city budget can be viewed on the city of Atlanta’s website at  www.atlantaga.gov. Under the “government” heading, click on Department of Finance and scroll down to 2014 Proposed Budget Book. The city council is currently reviewing the administration’s initial budget proposal which calls for maintaining a police force of at least 2,000 officers and expanding the city’s Centers of Hope program. The budget does not call for a property tax increase.

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