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Staff writer Tammy Joyner contributed to this article.

Elected officials’ office budgets

(Name/budget/approximate cost per constituent)

Cobb County

Chairman Tim Lee, $179,736, 26 cents

Helen Goreham, $179,736, $1.03

Bob Ott, $179,736, $1.03

JoAnn Birrell, $179,736, $1.03

Woody Thompson, $179,736, $1.03

Total: $898,680

Approximate total cost per constituent: $1.29

DeKalb County

Elaine Boyer, $386,663, $2.76

Jeff Rader, $386,663, $2.76

Larry Johnson, $386,663, $2.76

Sharon Barnes Sutton, $386,663, $2.76

Lee May, $386,663, $2.76

Kathie Gannon, $386,663, $1.10

Stan Watson, $386,663, $1.10

Total: $2.7 million

Approximate total cost per constituent: $3.86

Fulton County

Chairman John Eaves, $521,393, 55 cents

Robb Pitts, $439,851, 46 cents

Liz Hausmann, $397,616, $2.09

Tom Lowe, $607,123, $3.20

Emma Darnell, $401,789, $2.12

Joan Garner, $505,441, $2.66

Bill Edwards, $465,810, $2.45

Total: $3.3 million

Approximate total cost per constituent: $3.51

Gwinnett County

Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, $295,544, 36 cents

Vacant District 1 seat (formerly held by Shirley Lasseter), $190,159, 92 cents

Lynette Howard, $192,314, 93 cents

Michael Beaudreau, $192,781, 93 cents

John Heard, $192,314, 93 cents

Total: $1.1 million

Approximate total cost per constituent: $1.29

Clayton County

The county’s commissioners do not have individual staffs and discretionary budgets.

Source: County budget documents, AJC analysis

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