DECATUR, Ga - Dozens of 11Alive viewers have reacted with anger and surprise to our Waste Watchers segment on tax money used to feed Dekalb County Commissioners and staff.
"It is absurd," wrote one viewer on 11Alive's Facebook page.
Records show that so far this year, Dekalb County has used more than $9 thousand taxpayer dollars to cater meals to feed Commissioners and staff on meeting days.
Commissioners meet several times a month. Some days they meet from morning until night. County Chief of Staff Morris Williams says the meals are provided to Commissioners, their staff, and county administrators to keep everyone together on a long day.
"If you let them go out to lunch, I don't think we'll get them back in the room," said Williams.
Related: Taxpayer dollars used to cater meals for Dekalb Commissioners.
11Alive viewers were asked to weigh in on the taxpayer funded meals. More than 50 comments were submitted to the 11Alive Facebook page in a half-hour.
"They need to buy their own meals," wrote one viewer.
"I think the favor should be returned and they buy me lunch when I'm at work," wrote another.
A handful of people are okay with the meals.
"Nine thousand dollars doesn't seem like that much," wrote a viewer. "My company buys us lunch if we're stuck in long meetings."
On Friday, 11Alive delivered the comments to Dekalb County's Director of Policy Research, who said he would pass the comments along to County Commissioners.
11Alive also emailed the comments to each member of the commission.