The primary responsibility of a tax commissioner is to bill and collect property taxes.
Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand receives $134,440 annually to do his job. In addition to that six-figure paycheck, Ferdinand also gets a $154,726 annual tip from the city of Atlanta for doing his job.
Learning of this from a 6 February 2012 Atlanta Journal-Constitution report, Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts said he was "incensed" and called the practice of Arthur Ferdinand receiving "a handsome tip" from the people for doing his job "offensive."
"This practice should come to a screeching halt," Pitts said in a news release.
Last week, Robb Pitts had an opportunity to, using his own words, bring this practice to a screeching halt. Last week, the Fulton County Commission was asked to approve or reject a deal that continues Ferdinand's personal profit from fulfilling his constitutional responsibility for fifty years or until Ferdinand leaves office; whichever comes first. Last week, when presented with an opportunity to end Arthur Ferdinand's personal profit from the taxpayers, Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts voted to continue tipping Fulton County's tax commissioner with public dollars.
Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts is full of it, and a hypocrite.
Pitts says one thing, but does the other. Pitts says he is against his county's tax commissioner profiting off the public dime, but he votes to continue his county's tax commissioner profiting off the public dime.
After this blatant demonstration of hypocrisy, can anyone really trust anything coming out of Robb Pitts' mouth?