Beltline Audit Causing Concern

ATLANTA (AP) — A city audit is raising concerns about spending by employees working on the Atlanta BeltLine project.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reviewed the spending and found that that taxpayers paid for elaborate staff retreats, stays at pricey hotels and meals at some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants.

The newspaper’s review found that taxpayers covered a nearly $500 bill for kegs of beer and a $2,100 tab for food at Turner Field.

Beltline chief executive Brian Leary declined a request to be interviewed by The Journal-Constitution, which reported that taxpayers paid for his dry cleaning and a parking ticket.

The Beltline is a key part of Atlanta’s long-term development plan. Its goal is to circle Atlanta with parks, residences and businesses, turning blighted tracts into desirable locations for work or recreation.

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