The 13-2 vote is the final step before Atlanta can formally enter into a new contract with the school district. It comes just days after Mayor Kasim Reed, city and school leaders announced the deal after years of negotiations. The conflict began in 2013, when the Beltline was unable to make the payments it agreed to in exchange for using school taxes to expand the urban trail.
Under the new agreement, the school district will get significantly less money than originally planned. Instead of payments totaling about $162 million through 2030, the new deal calls for Atlanta to pay $73.5 million through 2031, school officials said. Also, Atlanta would pay all past debts, about $14.8 million, and make an additional $10 million payment next year. APS will also receive the Bankhead Courts property, a vacant piece of land owned by the Atlanta Housing Authority.