Atlanta City Council members on Thursday began examining outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018.
The first draft of the budget was $2.5 billion, already $30 million more than the current year. The general fund portion of Reed's proposed budget is $637 million.
Atlanta city department heads say they're having trouble keeping employees and that issue is being factored into the city's next budget.
Several department heads say it's a money issue. They can't keep up with the salaries other agencies and companies are offering.
Public safety workers are leaving for other departments, but even Atlanta's chief financial officer says he's having trouble keeping accountants on the city payroll.
A public hearing on the budget proposal is scheduled for May 11 at Atlanta City Hall.
The final budget must be approved by June 30.