Passage of FY21 Budget

June 2020

The Issue

The COVID-19 pandemic created economic pressures for local and state governments nationwide, with reduced revenue projections compared to the months before the pandemic and the need to conduct budget conversations virtually.

The Solution

Despite the major challenges posed by COVID-19, the Mayor’s budget continues to increase equity across communities, expand opportunities to address the needs of our most vulnerable residents, and provide relief and recovery assistance to those affected by the pandemic. Mayor Bottoms’ FY21 Budget continues to build on her equity and justice reform agenda by:

  • Beginning the process to reprogram resources from the City jail to expand community-based services
  • Expanding the pretrial diversion program citywide to reduce incarceration and increase equity and opportunities
  • Increasing funding for the Atlanta Citizens Review Board
  • Increasing funding for the independent Office of Inspector General

As cities across the nation face challenges posed by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Atlanta’s FY21 budget reflects our Administration’s priority of equity investments in our communities. Thank you to our City Council and every City department for your hard work to ensure that Atlanta remains resilient in the years ahead.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms