The Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance Monday requesting the Georgia General Assembly authorize a non-binding ballot question to city voters on whether Atlanta should be a destination for gambling should Georgia ever legalize it. The ordinance was presented by Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet.
“This legislation is about putting power in the hands of the people,” Overstreet said. “Our constituents should be able to have their say on this issue. Studies also show a correlation between providing ballot questions and increased voter participation.”
The ballot question to Atlanta residents would ask the following: “If the state of Georgia legalizes gambling, should Atlanta, Georgia be considered a possible destination location?” The answer choices for the ballot question would be “yes” or “no.”
Overstreet said her hope is to have the question appear on ballots in March 2020 or the next available ballot.
In other city council action:
- A resolution was also introduced during Monday’s meeting to call a referendum to reimpose a special one percent sales and use tax to fund water and sewer projects and costs, subject to referendum approval. The one percent tax was originally approved by residents as part of a referendum in 2004.
- Approved legislation authorizing the disposition of three city-owned properties through the request for proposal (RFP) process for development as affordable housing under the City’s Affordable Housing Homesteading Program.
- Approved legislation introduced by Councilmember Antonio Brown authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to install a commemorative plaque in honor of former City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young Jr. at the Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park.
- An ordinance establishing procedures for permitting right-of-way dining in the city. The legislation allows for outdoor dining on portions of the sidewalk in the public right-of-way provided there is enough pedestrian clearance.
- An ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2020 intergovernmental grant fund budget by adding to anticipations and transferring to and from appropriations the amount of $3.9 million to reprogram Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds allocated in the 2019 Annual Action Plan of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. The plan covers grant funding received by the City from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- A resolution authorizing a contract with Park Pride Atlanta to provide support services to the Department of Parks and Recreation, including coordinating volunteer support, fundraising services, and assisting in administration, planning, design and construction management services for city parks.