Audit reveals $750 million funding for Atlanta economic system, infrastructure initiatives not on time – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s plan to speculate $750 million within the metropolis’s infrastructure and economic system is operating behind, in response to a current audit.

The cash was accredited by voters in 2022 and is scheduled to go to greater than 200 initiatives over 5 years.

The plan accredited by town council known as for the primary “batch” of 94 initiatives to get “activated” in 2023.

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A complete of three initiatives have been within the development part.

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“Activation of a mission that’s principally hitting some numbers and keys on a pc assigning a mission supervisor, ensuring the cash is there,” Councilman Dustin Hillis mentioned.

The town’s transportation heard the evaluation of the audit throughout a Jan. 17 assembly. The audit revealed that most of the initiatives slated to start in 2023 had not been activated.

On Jan. 22, council members obtained the latest details about the standing of 2023 initiatives.

These numbers confirmed enchancment, however nonetheless confirmed that ATL DOT had not began 19 of its 56 initiatives, and solely 12 have been previous the “activation” part.

By comparability, all the Parks and Recreation Division’s 31 initiatives have been previous the activation part.

“We’re speaking about changing sidewalks that exist already and that we have already got the suitable of means for and that mission hasn’t moved wherever,” Councilman Hillis mentioned.

The audit mentioned salaries for mission managers weren’t aggressive and town couldn’t rent sufficient folks to begin initiatives on time.

“You may’t pay folks a pittance and compete with the non-public labor market,” Hillis mentioned.

In a press release, an ATL DOT spokesperson mentioned the audit represents a snapshot of the infrastructure program.

“Of the 94 initiatives included in Batch 1, 85 (90%) have now been initiated for supply,” the spokesperson mentioned.

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These numbers comprise different division initiatives. Nonetheless, they’re nonetheless greater than the info given to councilmembers days earlier than.

Channel 2 Motion Information requested the place the not too long ago “activated” initiatives have been within the course of and if all initiatives had a mission supervisor on Jan. 25, however haven’t obtained a response.

You may see the total plan of proposed plans right here, beginning on web page 55.

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