Atlanta, Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia
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General information
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Mayor:Kasim Reed
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2017
City council seats:16
2014 FY Budget:$533 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:447,841
Gender:50.2% Female
Race:African American alone 54.0%
White 36.3%
Hispanic or Latino 5.2%
Asian 3.1%
Two or More Races 2.0%
Unemployment:10.2%
Median household income:$46,146
High school graduation rate:87.4%
College graduation rate:46.2%
Related Atlanta offices
Georgia Congressional Delegation
Georgia State Legislature
Georgia state executive offices
Atlanta is a city in Fulton County, Georgia. As of 2013, its population was 447,841.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Atlanta utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Kasim Reed is the current Mayor of Atlanta.[3]

City council

The Atlanta City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances. A council president, who is elected by the city at-large, presides over council meetings.[2]

Membership

The Atlanta City Council is made up of sixteen members, including a council president. Twelve members are elected by the city's twelve districts, while three other members and the council president are elected at-large.[2]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The Atlanta City Council features six standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[4]

A current list of Atlanta City Council committees can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Atlanta City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[5]

For a full list of Atlanta city boards and commissions, see here.

Budget

Atlanta's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $533 million.[6]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: (404) 330-6100

City Council
55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.
Suite 2900
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303-3584
Phone: (404) 330-6030

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Fulton County, Georgia ballot measures

The city of Atlanta is in Fulton County. A list of ballot measures in Fulton County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Georgia

Atlanta is a charter city. It's process for initiative and referendum follows state law.

Lobbying

In 2013, Atlanta's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $260,000.[7] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[8][9] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Atlanta filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
3 Aviation, Airlines & Airports
3 Natural Resources
1 Transportation
1 Utilities

See also

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