Letter from the Chairs
In March of 2014, City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
announced the launch of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon
Commission on Waste & Efficiency in Government. This Commission was charged with identifying cost-saving strategies in City government to enable the City of Atlanta to invest appropriately in City infrastructure to create a more competitive, fiscally-sustainable operating model, and to do so without raising property taxes. This final report provides a set of recommendations for improving efficiency in City of Atlanta government. The recommendations include quick wins that can be implemented in the next fiscal year as well as broader, strategic reforms that will require a sustained, multi-year effort. Taken as a package, implementation of the recommendations could yield a tremendous efficiency dividend for the taxpayers of Atlanta - enabling new investment in roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure, and positioning Atlanta as a model of efficient government.
The report is the culmination of three months’ hard work by a sixteen
-member Commission comprising labor, business and City Council representatives from across our great city. Development of the recommendations required Commission members to consider a substantial number of public submissions for their impacts on
service levels, staff and the City’s bottom line.
Many of the recommendations contained in the report align well with ongoing strategic initiatives of the Reed Administration and City Council. We believe the Commission generated a set of recommendations that are balanced, meaningful and
achievable. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to members of the Commission for their hard work and willingness to engage meaningfully on a challenging and important task. We respectfully submit this report to Mayor Reed.
Richard Anderson and Howard Shook Co-Chairs, Blue Ribbon Commission on Waste and Efficiency in Government June 2014