Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told a crowd of prominent business and community leaders that he's glad to be a 'boring' mayor.
"I think boring is cool. When I hear about what's going with mayors across the country, I like boring," said Reed as the audience roared with laughter. "By boring, I mean we balanced four budgets, we paid our bills, we didn't raise property taxes, we built cash reserves. [sic] We've improved the ratings of the city of Atlanta across all three funds. That's my kind of boring."
Reed made the remarks during the annual State of the City breakfast Tuesday morning at the downtown Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
He said that the state of the city is strong and getting stronger as it shakes off the recent public school cheating scandal. Thirty-four Atlanta educators teachers were charged after authorities discovered widespread cheating on standardized tests.
"Everybody got burned over the last ten years," Reed said.
He touted the 800 additional police officers the city has hired during his tenure and his goal to tackle the repeat offender problem.
"When someone is arrested 95 times and convicted and convicted 75 times, that individual should not go home on probation because they're going to be coming to your home."
The mayor also talked about the negative publicity Atlanta got nationwide during the January snow storm that shut down the city.
"I know y'all been feeling bad for me. Don't worry about it. I'm okay," Reed said, generating more laughter. "About the only good thing about the terrible coverage I got during that week or so was the fact that they constantly ran the statement that the metropolitan area is the 9th largest in the United States of America."
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