APS wants the City of Atlanta to pay as promised on $19 million - CBS46 News

APS wants the City of Atlanta to pay as promised on $19 million debt

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Atlanta Public Schools board member Cynthia Briscoe Brown represented APS at a briefing at Atlanta City Hall.

Council President Caesar Mitchell set up the meeting.

"The purpose for this briefing was so that we can be brought up to speed on the situation," said Mitchell.

A situation that came to a boil last week when WABE radio recorded Mayor Kasim Reed at a Beltline meeting telling APS's outgoing Superintendent Erroll Davis to bring it on.

"Let's tee it up and let's go. You take the actions you need to take and I want you to be clear, I'm going to be equally aggressive in addressing whatever you do," said Reed.

According to the radio station, Davis was not present at that Beltline meeting, but he threatened to sue the city if it did not make a $19 million payment before Davis leaves the district on July 1.

"There is no way this is going to be resolved by July 1. No way. So whatever you're threatening to do, you need to do it," said Reed.

APS is trying to get the city to do what it promised and pay up.

"A contract in Georgia and in our country is a promise," said Brown.

In 2005 the city and APS entered into a contract on how the Beltline – the city's premier green space project - would be funded.

APS agreed to give up some of its property tax dollars. To make up for APS's loss, the city promised to make fixed annual payments to the district, that is, as long a real estate prices continued to rise.

"We need to come up with a solution without detrimentally impacting the ability of the Beltline to move on," said Council Member Felicia Moore.

APS said the city owes more than $19 million, but that's money the district can use right now.

"One of the things $19 million could be used for is to more or less eliminate our classroom size problem in APS," said Brown.

A spokesman for the city said there is a dispute over the amount of money the city owes APS.

When Davis' tenure with APS ends Tuesday, he will begin his role as a consultant for the district. He will be paid $1 to help APS resolve the Beltline issue.

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