Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will boost the spending for fire and police services in his last budget as the city’s leader. LEON STAFFORD/

Atlanta Mayor Reed boosts police, firefighter spending in $637M budget

Atlanta police and fire fighters may be getting a boost in funding for the coming year.

Mayor Kasim Reed has proposed boosting revenue for police and fire services in his $637 million fiscal 2018 budget, which begins July 1. The budget also includes an increase in revenue for the city’s law department and more money for salaries.

Channel 2's Richard Belcher reports.

The Atlanta City Council and even the mayor’s office aren’t so lucky. Both will see their budgets cut in the proposal.

“This is my final budget as mayor, and I do believe it is the culmination of everything we have built over the past seven years,” Reed said in a letter presenting the budget to the Atlanta City Council. ‘We have balanced every budget, improved our credit rating to AA+/Aa1, and built our audited cash reserves to more than $150 million.”

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