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Atlanta City Council Approves Affordable Housing Fund

Atlanta City Council Passes Law Establishing an Affordable Housing Annual Fund

ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council passed legislation Monday to amend the City Charter and establish an annual fund for affordable housing initiatives in Atlanta (Legislative References 21- O-0777). The Act directs two percent of the general fund into affordable housing each fiscal year by creating a “Beloved Communities Affordable Housing Trust.” The two percent deduction will be phased in over a three-year period at the beginning of each fiscal year to include 1 percent for Fiscal Year 2023, one and a half percent for Fiscal Year 2024 and two percent for Fiscal Year 2025 As an amendment to the charter, this legislation requires two passes by the Council. Monday’s vote was the final pass.

Other items approved on Monday include:

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

• A resolution authorizing a special election to be called to vote on whether the $400 million bond should be issued as a General Obligation Public Improvement Bond to improve the facility infrastructure in Atlanta (Legislative Reference No. 21-R-3928).

• A resolution authorizing the City of Atlanta’s chief financial officer to determine the optimal source of funding in the amount of $35 million or the amount required to complete construction of Phase II of the Safety Training Center Publicity is proposed on Key Street to include improvements such as elevated trails, public park spaces, a 911 call center, additional training facilities, and a refueling station (Responsive Designation). Rule number 21-R-4320). In September, the Board passed legislation authorizing a space lease with the Atlanta Police Foundation to build a public safety training campus on City-owned property (Legislative Reference No. -O-0367).

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

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

• Ordinance amending the City’s Code of Regulations to extend the temporary street food licensing program through the end of 2022 (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0891). In 2020, the Council passed legislation to establish regulations for establishments that wish to operate street food venues in a manner that favors the public in order to promote public health through physical distancing. separates society and adds character to the streetscape environment (Legislative Reference No. 20- O-1691).

• An ordinance amending the City’s Code of Ordinances to provide that if the mayor fails to make a decision on the Permit Review Board’s pending case by December 31 at the end of his or her term as mayor, , the council’s recommendations become the mayor’s decision. (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0962). Currently, once the cause is found, the mayor has the authority to deny, revoke or suspend a permit based on the recommendation of the board. However, there is currently no provision regarding what happens when a good cause case is pending after the mayor’s term ends.

• Fiscal Year 2022 Intergovernmental Funding Budget Amendment Ordinance to reprogram the $945,899 Housing Opportunity for People with AIDS (HOPWA) funds allocated in the Cooperative Plan’s 2020 Annual Action Plan. 2020-2024 for the Children’s Fund of Africa. (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0932). The African Children’s Fund is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides rent, utility, and mortgage assistance to HIV/AIDS-affected individuals and families at risk of homelessness. reside.

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

• A resolution expressing the City of Atlanta’s support for a partnership between the City of Atlanta and the Conservation Foundation, whereby the Conservation Fund will undertake activities to conserve more than 75 acres of land that is a site former site of the Chattahoochee Brick Company, and will work with City and Lincoln Terminal Company, the current owners, to acquire and preserve this property as parkland, green space, recreation and watersheds (Legislative Reference No. 21-R-4318).

• An ordinance amending the City of Atlanta’s Zoning Ordinance to create a definition for “short-term rental” to support the City’s regulatory framework established to govern the legal operation of residential services. short-term rentals in Atlanta pursuant to 20-O-1656 adopted by the Council in March 2021 (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0682).

• A decision to form a committee to determine an appropriate way to honor the late Michael Langford. A longtime Atlanta activist and community leader, Langford passed away on November 16, 2021. This entry was immediately approved.

Several items were brought up for consideration during the Council’s so-called telemedicine special meeting on Monday, December 20, including:

• An ordinance amending the City’s Code of Conduct to govern taxes, assessments, service charges and fees for solid water service, waste collection and recycling fees, and cleaning service fees street based on an equivalent ride-hailing fee of general interest related to cleaning services based on the square footage under the roof of the property (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0873).

• An ordinance amending the City’s Code of Regulations to regulate taxes, pricing, service charges, and fees for solid water services and to establish sanitation assessments for associated sanitation services. related to the street and sanitation services related to the common good based on taxable property value. (Legislative Reference No. 21-O-0876).

About Atlanta City Council
The City of Atlanta Council is the primary policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It operates by reviewing and enacting all laws governing the City. The Council also approves operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continuously monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Council considers and has the final say on many zoning and land use issues. Major economic development projects of the City are also subject to consideration by the Council.

The Atlanta City Council consists of 12 counties and three major offices. Representatives of the Council include: Chairman of the Board: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: JP Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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