Fulton County Commission $1.2 billion budget supports criminal justice reform

Fulton County commissioners meet virtually in midst of pandemic and adopt $1.2 billion FY2021 budget, Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman backs increases for Criminal Justice, Arts

The Board of Commissioners of Fulton County, Georgia, formally adopted the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget at its Recess Meeting, Wednesday, Jan.20. Together, with the General Fund and 10 other funds, the Commission approved a $1.2 billion spending plan for county services. The largest of the funds, the General Fund, allocates $800 million dollars to cover countywide services including health and human services, libraries, Grady Memorial Hospital, senior services, elections, and criminal justice services including the courts and jail operations. The vote to adopt the budget was 6-1.

The General Fund also includes $45 million for pandemic-related emergency services including coronavirus testing and vaccine delivery in the battle against Covid-19. Also, after lengthy debate, the Commission increased the proposed budgets of the Office of the Sheriff by $6.8 million (to hire more

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