In this issue:  Fiscal Year 2017 City of Atlanta Budget Hearings, State and Local Primary Elections on Tuesday, May 24th, District 6 Neighborhood Jazz Series on Sunday, May 15th, and more...
Welcome to the May 2016 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City.

As always, I encourage your feedback and comments. Please contact me at (404) 330-6049 or if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.

In This Issue

Fiscal Year 2017 City of Atlanta Budget Hearings

Fiscal Year 2017 City of Atlanta Proposed BudgetThe Reed Administration has just released its proposed City of Atlanta Budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins July 1, 2016. As presented, the General Fund budget would increase modestly from $590 million in FY2016 to $605 million in the coming year. Of particular note, there is no proposed increase in property taxes (in fact, there would be a slight rollback in the City's millage rate). The City of Atlanta Department of Finance has published the following FY2017 Budget Presentation as a high-level overview of their proposals.

City Council has begun its deliberations on the proposed budget. We welcome your input during this process. For the full hearing schedule, please click here. The Public Hearings on the budget are:

  • Public Hearing and Interactive Virtual Town Hall Meeting - Thursday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers
  • Public Hearings for Tax Millage Rate on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers

Atlanta residents, business leaders and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions about the City of Atlanta's proposed FY 2017 general fund budget during the May 12th combined Public Hearing and Interactive Virtual Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will be streamed live on the City of Atlanta's website (click on the ATL City Channel 26 icon). Residents are urged to submit question and comments via the following:

The full Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Budget is available on the City's website here.

State and Local Primary Election on Tuesday, May 24th

I'm a Georgia VoterThe State of Georgia will hold its state and local primary elections on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Early voting starts on Monday, May 2, 2016, according to the following schedule:

Fulton County Early Voting Schedule
(M-F) May 2, 2016 – May 13, 2016
8:30 a.m. â€“ 6:00 p.m.

(M-F) May 16, 2016 – May 20, 2016
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

SATURDAY May 7 & 14, 2016
8:00 a.m. â€“ 5:00 p.m.

SUNDAY May 8 & 15, 2016
Noon – 5:00 p.m. 

A complete listing of Fulton County Early Voting Locations can be found here.

A complete listing of DeKalb County Early Voting Locations & Times can be found here.

Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
City of Atlanta ballots will also include a referendum reauthorizing the current E-SPLOST, or Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The one-penny sales tax may be used by school systems to build new facilities, renovate existing structures, improve school bus fleets, upgrade HVAC systems and pay debt from previous projects.


For additional information on the APS project list, please visit For District 6, proposed investments in the Grady High School Cluster include the following:
  • $47M for the renovation of and addition to the Howard Building to become the cluster’s new middle school (plus $5 million from the current SPLOST)
  • $33M for the renovation of and addition to Grady that would add 18 classrooms, science labs, and a new administrative suite
  • $20M for the renovation of Morningside Elementary to address recommendations from the 2015 Facilities Conditions Assessment

District 6 Neighborhood Jazz Series May 15th

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2016Everyone knows what happens in Atlanta during the month of May. If you don't, then you're about to find out. Every May Atlanta becomes a jazz-infused musical landscape. From the Neighborhood Jazz Series to Late Night Jazz and MARTA Mondays, the month of May starts with 31 Days of Jazz and ends with our free 3-day outdoor jazz festival in Piedmont Park. This year the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs has been working hard to bring you the best in traditional and contemporary jazz music. We cannot wait for you to enjoy all that we have planned!

Join your fellow District 6 residents at a free Neighborhood Jazz Series concert in John Howell Park at 869 Virginia Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 featuring Kevin See and the Gordon Vernick Quartet.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
4:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m
John Howell Park in Virginia-Highland

For a complete listing of Atlanta Jazz Festival events, click here.

Municipal Court of Atlanta Warrant Amnesty Continues

The City of Atlanta Municipal Court continues its warrant amnesty program. The program offers amnesty to individuals facing arrest and other penalties due to delinquent traffic tickets, city ordinance or misdemeanor violations, and waives contempt fees for failure-to-appear. The program continues through May 13, 2016.

Warrant Amnesty Program

"Our goal is to ensure that we have licensed and lawful drivers on city streets. We want to work with the public to reach these goals in innovative and amenable ways,” said Ryan Shepard, Municipal Court Administrator. “This program creates an opportunity for people to voluntarily resolve outstanding cases in a fair and efficient manner.”

The program is available to individuals with citations issued before January 1, 2015. Court sessions will be held weekdays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Court will offer signups for these sessions starting at 7 a.m. each day for same day service.

When the amnesty period ends, remaining outstanding warrants will be rigorously enforced. For more information about the Municipal Court, please visit or call 404-954-7914.

Memorial Day Solid Waste Collection Reminder

Memorial DayMemorial Day is on Monday, May 30th. As a result, all curbside collections by the Deptartment of Solid Waste Services will be delayed by one day. District 6 residents that normally have pickup on Monday will have pickup on Tuesday, May 31st.

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