ATLANTA -- At a time when many in Atlanta city government have gone the years without a raise, Atlanta City Council members are giving bonuses to their staff. They're doing it with your tax dollars.
While this practice is perfectly legal under city code, is it transparent and does the process have oversight to ensure it's fair? 11Alive took the bonus findings directly to the elected leaders who gave them.
"It's all a matter of public record," said Councilman Howard Shook.
"But do you think the average Atlanta citizen knows that city council is giving multiple bonuses a year to their staff?" responded 11Alive's Catie Beck.
"Again, I think it's a matter of public record," Shook said.
It is public record but is it common knowledge or a transparent practice we continued to ask elected leaders who had given recent bonuses.
"I think we just have seen how difficult it is for our employees and how hard they work," said Councilman Kwanza Hall.