If approved by the governor, House Bill 375 would bar the collection of fees for issuing tax executions. Since at least 2010, Ferdinand has been personally collecting 50 cents every time his office sells a tax debt to a private collection firm, or when a property owner pays off a lien. The payments have added tens of thousands of dollars a year to his pay.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution exposed this extra income source, which even some county commissioners weren't aware of, in 2013. You can read that investigative story here.