Pitkin County employees to receive bonus
December 14, 2011
ASPEN – Pitkin County employees will get an end-of-year bonus after two years without pay increases or bonuses.
County Manager Jon Peacock sought informal commissioner approval of the bonuses Tuesday, though he could have appropriated them administratively. With Commissioner Michael Owsley temporarily absent from the meeting, the other four commissioners heartily endorsed the plan.
Full-time employees will get $300; part-time employees will get $150, according to Peacock, who called the bonuses “pretty modest, but meaningful.”
County employees have been subject to a wage freeze for two years. The 2012 budget calls for a 1.5 percent bonus for employees rather than a pay hike, and it is not to come until midyear, after commissioners and administrators can assess sales tax revenues from the winter.
The end-of-year bonuses will come from a projected $535,000 in unexpended funds, according to Peacock. They will require more than $69,000 from that balance.
“In the past, the county has done end-of-year bonuses … anywhere from 500 to 600 dollars, so this is less than that,” he said.
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“I’m glad that we are able to do this,” said Commissioner George Newman.
Commissioner Rob Ittner also supported the bonuses, calling them a small gesture that is “crucial” to morale for the county’s most important asset – its employees.
“The bottom line is simply to say thanks for a job well done,” said Commissioner Jack Hatfield.