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Efficiency Group Named to Study City of Atlanta Cost Savings

A $150 million to $250 million bond referendum to finance projects ranging from street improvements and bridge repairs to traffic light synchronization will be placed before voters, possibly in 2015.

City of Atlanta seal. Courtesy City of Atlanta
City of Atlanta seal. Courtesy City of Atlanta
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced in a news release this week the appointment of a 16-member Commission on Waste & Efficiency in Government to identify potential cost savings in City of Atlanta government.

The results of the Commission’s work will be instrumental in proceeding with a bond referendum aimed at addressing the City’s $900 million infrastructure backlog without the need for a tax increase. The Commission will include leaders in the public and private sectors.

“I pledged during my inauguration in January that we would address our infrastructure challenges in a meaningful way,” Reed said in the release. “I’m confident this distinguished group of public and private sector leaders will help us identify the cost savings necessary to win the public’s trust in taking on these infrastructure projects.”

A $150 million to $250 million bond referendum to finance projects ranging from street improvements and bridge repairs to traffic light synchronization will be placed before voters, possibly in 2015.

The Efficiency Commission will be chaired by City Council Member Howard Shook and Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. It will meet four times between now and the June 16 City Council meeting, when the City Council will vote on an FY15 budget. The Commission is expected to make recommendations to create sustained financial value to support investment in the City’s infrastructure in both the FY15 and FY16 budgets.

The full listing of the Efficiency Commission is below:

  • Co-Chair: Hon. Howard Shook, Atlanta City Council
  • Co-Chair: Richard Anderson, CEO, Delta Air Lines
  • Hon. Yolanda Adrean, Atlanta City Council
  • Ken Allen, International Brotherhood of Police Officers
  • Stephen Borders, Atlanta Professional Firefighters union
  • Hon. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta City Council
  • Martin L. Flanagan, President & CEO, Invesco
  • Alan Lee, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • Hon. C.T. Martin, Atlanta City Council
  • Hon. Mary Norwood, Atlanta City Council
  • Gina Pagnotta, Professional Association of City Employees
  • Hon. Joyce Shepard, Atlanta City Council
  • Terrance Simon, Progressive Firefighters of Atlanta union
  • William Taggart, President & CEO, Atlanta Life Financial Group
  • Geri Thomas, State President of Georgia, Bank of America
  • Hon. Alex Wan, Atlanta City Council

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