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Legislation Introduced to Move Infrastructure, Public Safety Updates, Atlanta Children's Eternal Flame Memorial, and Commission on Fathers and Boys Forward

Two pieces of legislation were introduced today to address infrastructure needs. The 2022 infrastructure package will total $700M over the next five years. These investments are funded by existing tax revenues and do not require any increases in taxes.

The Bottoms Administration is calling on a ballot initiative in May 2022 to fund public improvement projects currently estimated to cost $400 million, called a revenue bond.

The Revenue Bond would generate money for:
  • Public Safety Facilities Improvements
  • Parks & Recreation Facilities and Greenspace Improvements
  • Transportation Infrastructure Improvements
  • The Arts

Second, a piece of legislation calling for the renewal of a transportation special purpose local option sales tax ("TSLOST") to fund transportation projects currently estimated to cost $300 million also went before Council.

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The renewal of TSPLOST sales tax would generate dollars:
  • Sidewalks
  • Safer Streets and Bridges
  • Strategic Traffic Calming

Public Safety Bond: A $4 million bond was also introduced to City Council today to fund renovations and facility improvements for fire stations and police precincts. The improvements will include:
  • Renovations to Fire Stations
  • Renovations to Police Precincts
  • Renovations to Former Police Precinct 3 (Grant Park)

Atlanta Children's Eternal Flame Project: To honor Atlanta's missing and murdered children, legislation authorizing a contract agreement with JOC Construction, LLC to build the Atlanta Children's Eternal Flame Memorial at City Hall moved forward. Artist Gordon Huether and his firm will be engineering the project. Huether has been creating large-scale public art projects, residential art, private art commissions and fine art for almost 30 years.

Commission on Fathers and Boys: The legislation for Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys addresses the disparities that adversely impact men and boys of color in the City of Atlanta. This new commission will provide access to opportunities and policies to address the issues of fatherlessness, poverty, family law, economic opportunity, health and well-being. This organized and collaborated structure will be accomplished through advocacy, community engagement and information sharing.

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