WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's been nearly three years since Wilmington city employees have received a bonus, but tomorrow night council could approve $1.2 million to give workers a boost.
The city says the money for the bonuses largely comes from vacant positions and the restructuring of jobs.
If council approves the $1.2 million, the majority of city employees will get $1,000 come December.
The city says in the last three years employees have had to deal with a reduction in benefits and have also had to pay more for their health insurance.
Several council members say the bonuses are long overdue. They say the money to pay bonuses is only there because city employees have worked hard.
"Our employees have worked for this bonus," Councilman Ronald Sparks said. "They are working double time, working more jobs because we have not filled open positions. Even though I would have liked to see this money put on road improvements or whatever -- this is a chance to give them a bonus when they have not had a bonus in so long."
The city also plans to use up to $7,000 of the money for an employee appreciation party.