Council to consider final vote on creating trust fund for affordable housing initiatives

The Atlanta City Council will consider legislation during Monday’s meeting to amend the City Charter and direct two percent of the general fund toward affordable housing initiatives each fiscal year by creating the “Building the Beloved Community Affordable Housing Trust Fund (Legislative Reference №21-O-0777). As a charter amendment, this legislation requires two adoptions by the Council. Monday’s vote will be the second adoption.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

• An ordinance to amend the City’s Code of Ordinances to adjust the taxes, assessments, services fees, and charges billed for solid water services, waste collection and recycling charges, charges for street related sanitary services based on equivalent trip generation charges for general good related sanitary services based on a property’s under roof square footage (Legislative Reference №21-O-0873). This item will be considered in the City Utilities Committee before consideration by the Council.

• An ordinance to amend the City’s Code of Ordinances to adjust the taxes, assessments, services fees, and charges for solid water services and the establishment of sanitary assessments for street related sanitary services and general common good related sanitary services based on taxable property value. (Legislative Reference №21-O-0876). This item will be considered in the City Utilities Committee before consideration by the Council.

• A resolution calling for a referendum to impose a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales and Use Tax (TSPLOST) within the City to fund transportation purposes (Legislative Reference №21-R-3927).

• A resolution authorizing the calling of a special election to vote as to whether bonds totaling $400 million should be issued as a General Obligation Public Improvement Bond for infrastructure improvements in Atlanta (Legislative Reference №21-R-3928).

• A resolution authorizing the City of Atlanta’s chief financial officer to identify the optimal funding source in an amount of $35 million or the amount necessary to complete construction of Phase II of the proposed Public Safety Training Center on Key Road to include such improvements as enhanced trails, public park spaces, a 911 call center, additional training facilities, and a fueling station (Legislative Reference №21-R-4320). In September, the Council approved legislation authorizing a ground lease agreement with the Atlanta Police Foundation to build the public safety training campus on City-owned property (Legislative Reference №21-O-0367).

• An ordinance authorizing the chief financial officer to amend the Fiscal Year 2022 general fund budget in the amount of $6 million by transferring funds from the uncommitted fund balance to support the emergency demolition and reconstruction of Cheshire Bridge Road due to the natural gas fire (Legislative Reference №21-O-0930).

• A resolution authorizing the mayor or her designee to execute documents related to the sale of the Centennial Parking Deck and the Philips surface lot by the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority and the construction of certain improvements to John A. White Park by Spring Street (Atlanta) LLC (Legislative Reference №21-R-4258). The Authority will commission the demolition of the existing facility and the construction of a new community learning center.

• An ordinance to amend the City’s Code of Ordinances to extend the temporary on-street dining permit program until the end of 2022 (Legislative Reference №21-O-0891). In 2020, the Council adopted legislation to establish regulations for establishments wishing to operate outdoor dining areas on the street in the public right-of-way to promote public health through social distancing and add character to the streetscape environment (Legislative Reference №20-O-1691).

• An ordinance to amend City’s Code of Ordinances to provide that if the mayor does not decide on a pending License Review Board case before Dec. 31 at the conclusion of the mayoral term, the recommendations of the board will become the decision of the mayor (Legislative Reference №21-O-0962). Currently, after the finding of due cause, the mayor has the authority to deny, revoke or suspend licenses based on the board’s recommendation. However, there is currently no provision regarding what occurs when a due cause case is pending after a mayoral term ends.

• An ordinance to amend the Fiscal Year 2022 Intergovernmental Grant Fund Budget to reprogram $945,899 of Housing Opportunities for Person with AIDS (HOPWA) funds allocated in the 2020 Annual Action Plan of the 2020–2024 Consolidated Plan to the Africa Children’s Fund. (Legislative Reference №21-O-0932). The Africa’s Children’s Fund is a nonprofit based in Atlanta that provides rental, utility, and mortgage assistance to HIV/AIDS affected individuals and families at risk of homelessness.

• A resolution urging the Georgia General Assembly to support the City of Atlanta’s 2022 legislative package, which includes items on protecting city boundaries, transportation, affordability, voting rights, open meetings, and public safety (Legislative Reference №21-R-4259).

The Committee on Council and City Utilities Committee will be held in committee of the whole during the full Council meeting Dec. 6, 2021.

The public may dial (404) 330–6043 the day before the full Council meeting between 4–7 p.m. to leave comments related to the City Utility Committee’s public hearing items — 21-O-0873 and 21-O-0876.

The public may dial (404) 330–6090 the day before the full Council meeting between 4–7 p.m. to leave comments related to the Community Development and Human Services Committee’s public hearing item — 21-O-0932.

The Dec. 6 meeting will take place remotely at 1 p.m. in response to the telework protocol activated for City Hall. The meeting will be simulcast on the Council’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter pages, and Channel 26.

Media and the public can access the live meeting using the conference bridge by dialing (404) 902–5066 and entering ID number 151945.

Pursuant to 20-R-4119, remarks from the public for all remote meetings are accepted between the hours of 4–7 p.m. on the day before the scheduled meeting.

Residents can participate in the public comment portion of the meeting by calling (404) 330–6001 and leaving a voicemail, including their name and contact information. Public comments for the Committee on Council may be left by dialing (404) 330–6069. Public comments for the City Utilities Committee may be left by dialing (404) 330–6057.

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