City of Atlanta, School Board meet over $19 million dispute - CBS46 News

City of Atlanta, School Board meet over $19 million dispute

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Members of the Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Public Schools met Tuesday morning to begin discussions on how they'll resolve a $19 million dispute in their joint agreement to help fund the Atlanta Beltline.

"We want to work together," said City Council President Ceasar Mitchell. "The citizens do not expect us to be in conflict over issues as important as this."

The city and school system entered into a joint agreement in 2005 to jointly fund development of the Atlanta Beltline. However, school leaders say the city has not lived up to its end of the bargain by sending money back to the school system.

"What we are trying to get is approximately $19 million in land and past-due payments," said Cynthia Briscoe Brown, a school board member. She said the district would accept land donations, to allow for the construction of a new high school in midtown, or a new bus depot in north Atlanta.

"We have been trying, for more than a year, to get the parties to the table and make some forward progress, and it just hasn't happened. Until today," said Brown.

"I think there is a sense of, at minimum, an understanding of the facts," said Mitchell, following the meeting. There is no time table on when the two sides might meet again.

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