Friday, June 27, 2008

Mayor Franklin’s Statement on Recent Atlanta City Council Budget Recommendations

The Atlanta City Council is now asking the Administration to make $17 million in cuts without cutting personnel. As I stated earlier, anyone who believes that the City can cut $17 million without laying off current employees does not understand the operations of city government. It cannot be done!

This is a risky choice in a bad economy and the people of Atlanta will have to bear the burden of the Council’s decision to not do what is in the best interest of residents.

To balance the budget on the backs of public safety employees is irresponsible, if we are forced to cut $17 million the cuts will include our valued police and fire personnel.

The budget decision of the Council today is among the worse I have seen in my almost 20 year professional career and it will have negative ramifications for the quality of life in this city.
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