Documents obtained by the CBS46 Bulldog in a freedom of information act request show bonuses handed out to Atlanta City Hall staffers at the end of the former mayor Kasim Reed's administration cost taxpayers $811,000, or roughly $300,000 more than previously reported.
The additional dollars fall into two categories: additional funds paid to cover taxes on the gifts, and secondly, additional staffers who got a bonus.
We've also learned members of the city council handed out similar bonuses to their staffers, while critical of the mayoral bonuses. However, the council says the staffers who got the gifts were far from top-level employees and made far less than the mayor's staffers who benefited.
The council released the following statement:
“The issue related to bonuses given to selected high-ranking administration employees by former Mayor Kasim Reed in the amount of $811,000 is separate and apart from those given by some city council members to their aides. Bonuses given by council members to council aides are not prohibited in the city code, as long as the funding is in the council member’s budget.
“Council aides do not accrue sick time, vacation time, citywide bonuses or pay increases unless given to them by their council member.”
– Dexter Chambers, Director, Atlanta City Council Office of Communications
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