The AJC and Channel 2 had previously reported that the bonus and some contest awards were "grossed up" to cover taxes. But the AJC and Channel 2 obtained a new spreadsheet from the city detailing the additional costs and bonuses through a Georgia Open Records Act request.
The additional staff compensation amounts to a 56 percent increase in the cost to taxpayers from what was previously known.
Covering the taxes was a significant expense.
For example, each of the five $15,000 bonuses paid to Reed’s highest-ranking cabinet members actually cost taxpayers $21,260. The 26 $10,000 bonuses awarded by Reed cost the public $14,805 each when the tax burden was added on.
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