As your Council President, I take the integrity of our public officials seriously. I am taking huge steps towards transparency by being the first council member to make my financial expenditures accessible to the public online. Additionally, I support putting extra safeguards in place to ensure fair dealings in our procurement process and making information regarding emergency contracts available online.
Recent events involving bribery and corruption at City Hall have completely shaken the public’s trust in their government. For far too long residents have felt that they do not have a say in what is happening with their local government and how their tax dollars are being spent. It is time to move towards a fairer, more transparent, and efficient City Hall. Our services and contracting process should be open, transparent, and accessible to all residents and should create opportunities for all Atlanta’s businesses to thrive – not just a selected few.
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell is calling for Mayor Kasim Reed and colleagues on the Council to support a moratorium on the approval of city contracts that begin services in 2018 so that the next council and mayor gets their say-so.
Residents have the right to know exactly how their tax dollars are being used, which includes how much is being spent on city services, which businesses are being awarded city contracts and how much money is given to each contractor.
Through strong partnerships with our neighborhood associations and implementing an open door policy, we will ensure that all residents have an opportunity for their voices to be heard and finally put community input back into City Hall.
One of the biggest complaints received about City Hall is that our city government is not very “user friendly.” To truly be a 21st century city, we must provide the appropriate technology infrastructure.
Besides working on behalf of residents, operating with the utmost highest ethical standards and protecting and preserving the integrity of City Hall are the most important responsibilities expected of the Mayor’s Office.