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City approves bonuses and party for employees

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WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) -- The issue of bonuses for city employees was expected to be a hot button topic at tonight’s city council meeting, but with no public opposition, council passed the motion unanimously.

The Mayor says all of the money for the bonuses and the party for city employees came from payroll cuts and budget reductions over the past two years.

With it's cut backs the city has saved the 1.2 million dollars to fund the bonuses and all departments are challenged to continue to save.

Here are the numbers: $1,000 for current full time employees, pro rated for current part time, $100 for other employees and $7,000 for a party

Mayor Saffo says, “It is time to to say thank you to city employees who have faced cuts”.

With the bonuses coming just in time for the holidays, council members hope the money makes for a Merry Christmas and flows back into the local economy.

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So what your saying is...

People do not need to hold themselves personally accountable for their lifesyle and choices, and I'm supposed to feel sorry for them without question.

I'm guessing you're probably living beyond your means, too? I remember driving by a double-wide out in Craven County with an Esacalade parked out front, and three satellite dishes on the trailer. Man I wish I had gotten a picture of that. But of course, they're entitled.

Enjoy your new X-box.

Oh Boy

How I do wish you would stop putting words in my mouth. That's a sign of an ignorant man. But you're probably used to feeling that way.

It's not YOUR job to hold anyone accountable for anything. It's your job to hold yourself accountable...and it sounds like you've failed miserably.

I doubt this person wants you to feel sorry for them. I got the impression they were just stating a simple fact. You're the one who twisted and turned it to shame them into feeling less than human. In reality, you're the one who walks away looking sub-human.

I’d like to leave you with one last thought, but I’m not sure you have anywhere to put it.

Aw, C'mon!

Are you kidding? Can't finish your last thought because you don't think I can take it, or it won't take? I would love for you to leave me with your one last thought. I can almost smell the smoke from the friction of your brain cells rubbing together to conjur it up. I have an almost endless capacity to handle insults...give it a shot.


"Mean people are like slinkys...They aren't good for much, but you just can't help but smile when one falls down the stairs."

Nice going, Guest20.

Proud of Leadership

I'm proud that the city of Wilmington has agreed to show they know one of their greatest assets are their employees. It nice to see politics put aside to do the right thing.


It's nice to give a bonus but what about the families and the employees that were let go to create this money? Uncle Scrooge Saffo, why didn't you find a way to keep them? Obviously you could have since you have a surplus.They worked for years for the city and did their jobs well. Why don't you tell the truth-that you and the city manager replaced us with people with less experience because you knew that you could get away with paying them less. Yes, they are willing to do it because they somehow believe that they know so much and they are being rewarded but the truth is they are being manipulated.

What employees that were let go?

The city hasn't laid off any employees. They just didn't hire any new employees when others left.


I agree that it's a wonderful thing to do for their employees. However, they didn't put politics aside. They know employees will spend the money on Christmas and put it right back into the local economy. It was actually a good, solid political move.

city bonuses

just what the economy needed, another jump start with taxpayers money

You Missed Your Chance

If you wanted to complain, you had your chance at last night's council meeting.


You're so right! This IS a boost to the economy. Most of these employees will put that money right back into the local economy by spending it at Christmas. City employees are taxpayers too.

I'm not sure if your

I'm not sure if your assumption is correct. If you look into this story more closely you'll see that we have ultimately taken pay cuts when the cost of health insurance has increased over the last two years, our 401K contributions have been reduced by 2.5%, and we have not received merit pay each year. When I joined the City of Wilmington as an employee these were part of the benefits that attracted me to take the job. As I see it, this small bonus is payed for by the reductions in our benefits over the last few years not paid for by the tax payers.

Thank You!

City infrastructure has grown over the past 3 years due to an increase in population. Many city workers have retired or gone to work for other companies, while the vacant jobs they left behind were never filled. So employees have been working a lot more with much less. If anyone actually went to the council meeting last night, or watched the video posted on the city website, they would have a much clearer knowledge of why this bonus was so necessary.

Thank you for the hard work that you do!

working less

You are working with less because you choose to, otherwise you would have moved on. The truth is that those vacant positions weren't filled and people were let go because the mayor and the city manager had other motives. The bonus wasn't necessary-it was a choice. Instead of the manager and mayor thinking about service they manipulated the system. It always come down to who they like and who they know it is never about being of service.


And I'll bet YOU didn't go to the meeting either. It amazes me how people are so anxious to voice their opinions when they don't have all the facts.

I'm working with less because I only have a few years to go until retirement. I've invested too many years to just walk away now and start over with a new company. Starting over with a new company would mean starting at the bottom of their salary ladder as a new hire.

But, you know, I do understand you. I have a way with dumb animals.

Then try your luck in the

Then try your luck in the private sector. Many of those workers would LOVE to be earning what they were three years ago. And, quite frankly, we are sick of hearing public employees constantly whining. Do you really think you should be that insulated from the hardships the rest of us face? Especially when the rest of us pay your salary?

I myself just like many

I myself just like many others have worked in the private sector, so you cant use that arguement..As far as the private sector......every single person I know except for one has had raises along with cost of living increases and bonuses this year last year and the year before so there are companies out there still thriving!And dont complain about paying our salaries since we are the lowest paid public workers for a city this size in NC.If we actually were paid what the pay scales say we shoud make then we could compete with other cities and not have people that the city spent thousands of dollars in training leave after a year or less to go to another city in NC that pays much more.

Thank You

Thank You

You are Quite Welcome

Keep up the Good Work, City Workers! YOU deserve it! ENJOY!

Kuddos to the City Manager and City Council who OBVIOUSLY realize that City workers are the City's biggest asset.

City Staff, please don't listen to the green-eyed monster Guest 228, he is jealous. HE/SHE is ALWAYS AND FOREVER COMPLAINING ABOUT the CITY, the MAYOR, city employees, etc.
Someone must've fired him, or most likely, NEVER HIRED him in the first place, and he now spends his time & energy fighting other bloggers about BEING A TAX PAYER, like City workers aren't.

Also, about the "paying taxes" vs. "buying Christmas toys" comment, consider this:

If you have to use it to pay your taxes, be grateful. Your kids will value your VALUE system. You are being a Responsible Adult and they will recognize it, and besides, nobody ever promised you a rose garden anyway.

I never sleep through a whole night because I have been unemployed for over a year now. It is almost 3a.m. I just finished more job searching/applying...along with the multitudes of others who are suffering silently.
But, I am happy for those who are getting a little BOOST. Maybe my turn is coming??

your welcome.

your welcome, now get to work for once.

I do not know anyone who works for the city..

I do, however, see them working downtown every morning. They are cleaning up after the drunken slobs who have trashed the city.

Give them the money! They deserve it!

It gets a little old, reading the posts of people who are snug in their homes while this work is going on. Sleep well, old farts. You do not have to pick it up.