|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|
|Population in 2013:||447,841|
|Race:||African American alone 54.0%|
Hispanic or Latino 5.2%
Two or More Races 2.0%
|Median household income:||$46,146|
|High school graduation rate:||87.4%|
|College graduation rate:||46.2%|
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|Georgia Congressional Delegation|
Georgia State Legislature
Georgia state executive offices
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.
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.
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.
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.
A current list of council members can be found here.
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.
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.
For a full list of Atlanta city boards and commissions, see here.
Atlanta's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $533 million.
Office of the Mayor
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: (404) 330-6100
55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303-3584
Phone: (404) 330-6030
To contact individual council members, see here.
- See also: Fulton County, Georgia ballot measures
Atlanta is a charter city. It's process for initiative and referendum follows state law.
In 2013, Atlanta's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $260,000. 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. 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|
|3||Aviation, Airlines & Airports|
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Atlanta, "City Council," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Atlanta, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Altanta, "Committee Minutes," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Atlanta, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 22, 2014
- City of Atlanta, "Atlanta Adopted Operating Budget FY 2015," accessed on October 22, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Atlanta, GA," accessed on October 22, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014