Atlanta City Council looks at donating tax money to charity

Atlanta City Council looks at donating tax money to charity

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Critics label a city council initiative a giveaway of taxpayer funds.

At issue, Atlanta City Council members have office budgets that exceed $100,000 annually.

Some on the council believe it is ok to donate some of that taxpayer cash to non-profit community organizations and charities.

The question is - can and should your tax dollars be used by an elected official to support a charity?

The city council in Atlanta is about to debate and vote on the idea. Fox 5 obtained a copy of legislation sponsored by member Carla Smith, which if approved would permit President Caesar Mitchell to use public dollars for contributions to various charitable and community organizations.

Smith says she agreed to put in the paper with no idea that the language would be so broad.  She told Fox 5 the council president wants to invest in a specific effort that will be a benefit to the entire city.

Meanwhile, William Perry, the Director for Common Cause Georgia, says any elected official  can choose to direct their campaign dollars to a charity or community effort - not taxpayer cash.

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