In government worker circles, talk of pay freezes and furloughs has been common in recent years. But in Sullivan County, local workers could get $500 bonuses at the end of the year, which if extended to all workers would cost county taxpayers $400,000. The Bristol Herald Courier has the news:
In addition to letting the department heads decide whether to pay the bonus, (Commissioner John Crawford) said, they could also set the size of their bonuses – so long as it was under $500 a person – and decide if they wanted to pay it to part-time and full-time employees. The county currently has 724 full-time employees and 127 part-time employees.
Most of the department heads at Monday’s meeting said they supported the bonuses because they appreciated the work their employees have been doing. Sheriff Wayne Anderson, who supervises about 260 employees, said he’d pay the bonuses even if it meant he’d have to cut back on other expenses in this year’s budget – including the money set aside to buy new patrol cars.