The results of the commission’s work will be instrumental in proceeding with a bond referendum aimed at addressing Atlanta’s $900 million infrastructure backlog without the need for a tax increase. The commission includes leaders in the public and private sectors.
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 commission is co-chaired by District 7 Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook and Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. It will meet four times between now and the June 16 council meeting, when the council will vote on its fiscal 2015 budget. The commission is expected to make recommendations to create sustained financial value to support investment in the city’s infrastructure in both the fiscal 2015 and 2016 budgets.
The commission also includes: council members Yolanda Adrean, Keisha Lance Bottoms, C.T. Martin, Mary Norwood, Joyce Sheperd and Alex Wan, Ken Allen of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Stephen Borders of the Atlanta Professional Firefighters union, Invesco President and CEO Martin L. Flanagan, Alan Lee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Gina Pagnotta of the Professional Association of City Employees, Terrance Simon of the Progressive Firefighters of Atlanta union, Atlanta Life Financial Group President and CEO William Taggart and Geri Thomas, state president of Georgia at Bank of America.