Team Dave was a little late for Christmas stockings, but City employees got across the board bonuses in their latest pay envelopes–regardless of performance.
KBCI TV-2 reports on Wednesday full-time employees got $200, part-time employees $150, and temporary employees $50. The council previously approved spending a $10 million budget surplus which included the one-time bonuses.
In real terms the budget “windfall” amounted to just about $100 per household.
Our concerns with the Mayor Bieter spending spree is that it is a one-time deal and came about mostly due to a healthy economy. In short, the city had some extra money from taxpayers and managed to spend it all.
We don’t have any specific opinions about “merit pay” vs “bonuses,” but in the private sector bonuses usually happen based on increased sales and profits–not as a result of more taxes being collected or fees related to growth.
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