Candidate Mary Norwood, an at-large councilwoman, has said she will not vote in favor of the increase. Norwood says the city budget is a "shell game" and doesn't have confidence in the numbers.
"In the absence of good, solid numbers . . . any talk of a tax increase doesn't make sense," Norwood said earlier this week in response to questions about the city's finances.
Reed criticized Norwood's position.
"It is disingenuous to say that it is impossible to say in a general fund budget that you can't identify something to cut in order to make sure that every day that police and firefighters are on the street," he said.
Norwood is the only mayoral candidate who has a vote on the budget. Another candidate, City Council President Lisa Borders, says she would support the tax increase if it ends the furloughs. The council president only votes on items if there is a tie.