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Monday, August 13, 2012 - 6:30am

Audit Questions Atlanta BeltLine Spending

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 taxpayers paid for elaborate staff retreats, stays at pricey hotels, and meals at some of Atlanta's finest restaurants.

The newspaper's review found 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 an interview request from 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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