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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.

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54 Comments on "Wilmington council considers $1.2M for bonuses, employee party"

2015 years 9 months ago

I’d like a bonus but I’m too lazy to work

2015 years 9 months ago

They should give the extra money to those of us on welfare. We deserve it.

2015 years 9 months ago

If you don’t pay people what they deserve they will go elsewhere. Cops and firefighters in our city are some of the lowest paid in the state. The good ones are going to leave to make more money. I grew up in Wilmington and now have a family of my own. I am willing to give up a park or fixing a road to ensure the people protecting my family are the very best. Please pay these people, they deserve a lot more then they get and I know my family in particular are very greatful for them.

2015 years 9 months ago

Also, some of them would not have a city if not for the blood, sweat and tears of the men and women that work for this city

2015 years 9 months ago

They are giving it back to the taxpayers (the city employees), the “some of them” that you’re referring to that don’t have jobs don’t pay any taxes.


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