BeltLine’s oversight questioned in two reports that could affect sales tax vote
By David Pendered
An audit by Atlanta’s city auditor has flagged expenses by the Atlanta BeltLine, including pension benefits that aren’t available to city employees and credit card expenses in one month of $9,835 for items including an executive retreat and staff dinner.
A separate report, this one by an outside consultant commissioned by the BeltLine advisory committee, determined that the BeltLine’s management needs to “develop consistent financial and progress reports.” The report suggested that management formalize “the advisory process so that [public] input is better integrated into ABI Board [Atlanta Beltline, Inc.] and city of Atlanta decisions.”
The two documents could influence the outcome of the proposed 1 percent sales tax for transportation improvements in metro Atlanta.
The Atlanta City Council has called a joint work session of its Finance and Community Development committees to review the audit and related matters. The meeting is set for July 9, at 3 p.m., at City Hall.
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