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Durham to pay bonuses to city workers

Posted January 19, 2011

— City officials said Tuesday that plan to pay municipal employees a one-time $1,000 bonus next month.

Durham city employs about 2,200 people, and aside form police officers and firefighters, they have gone two years without pay increases because of tight budgets and the slow economy.

City Manager Tom Bonfield included a provision in the fiscal 2010-11 budget to pay the bonuses is the city's revenue and spending outlook looked good enough after six months. Projections call for Durham to end the fiscal year in June $1.2 million under budget.

Workers hired before July 1 who met or exceeded performance standards on their 2010 reviews are eligible for a bonus. The money will be included in their Feb. 4 paychecks, officials said.

Money to pay the bonuses is coming from operating savings and from salaries of unfilled staff positions, officials said.

Durham County also paid workers a one-time bonus.


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  • aneagle Jan 20, 2011

    As a state employee myself, I'm not even pressed about getting a bonus because we haven't seen a raise in 3 years as well, BUT when it is time to ask the city for money for the ENTIRE school district, we will see how QUICKLY that idea gets shot down! The priorities in this country are all over the place, but they are surely not in the right place.

  • OzzzMan Jan 20, 2011

    I need to work for the Government, I haven't had a raise in ten years. Just a ten percent pay cut last year.

  • psycho Jan 20, 2011

    They have money in the fund, and the state has an impending 3.8 billion deficit? You'd think they'd plan ahead a little and stash that money so that they don't have to layoff workers later in the year!

  • bkn02 Jan 20, 2011


  • Lead by Example Jan 20, 2011

    Just an FYI, police and firefighters didn't get a raise last year, although I guess other employees have gone two years so only that part made the story.

  • laurenbglass Jan 20, 2011

    This is crazy! Let's cut money in education and in our schools but let's keep people driving around in city trucks setting water meters that only takes one guy 5 minutes. However, there are 2 guys in the truck and they hang out at each site for 30 minutes? Not to mention city employees who waste tax money using city vehicles for personal use....don't worry teachers these guys must be way more valuable to our city!

  • RB-1 Jan 19, 2011

    With what?

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 19, 2011

    Meet or exceeds job performance. What a great idea. Very good for them.

  • SouthernChick Jan 19, 2011

    Good for them! As a state employee- I'm not holding my breath that we'll see a bonus. But glad to know someone out there is...