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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Recent decisions by Wilmington City Council and the Brunswick County School Board to hand out employee bonuses have upset many tax payers. The question of pay hikes during the down economy was up for debate again this morning; this time by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

“Employees are the key to success for any organization, but certainly for the success of the authority,” CFPUA CEO Matt Jordan said.

The CFPUA considered rewarding its employees with some extra cash. During a board meeting Wednesday, board members decided to table the decision, and wait for results from a class and compensation study that should be completed by the end of January.

“We’ve reduced positions. We have employees that have taken on increased responsibility, and that’s reflected in our efficiency,” Jordan said. “Every few years we want to make sure we have the proper balance, and that’s what that is all about.”

But with consistent rate increases and issues since the authority formed in 2008, some customers may see the bonuses as inappropriate. Jordan disagrees.

“Even though we did have 13- and 14-percent rate increases, because we’ve been able to hold down the operating side, those rate increases could have been larger, so they’ve helped to hold those rate increases down,” Jordan said.

Jordan says the board will discuss the proposal after the study is completed and after the start of the budget process in February.

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2016 years 2 months ago

I am tired of hearing things about CFPUA and how bad they are. I would like to bring your attention to EVERY idem you buy. i.e food,gas,clothes,house hold idems. All of it has doubled or tripled in price in the last 10 years and I haven’t yet come across one person calling them complaining. We live in a very greedy and complacent country. It has always been from the beginning of time that there is a man on the throne and everyone else gets shafted. so to the point… Next time you decide to sit on your toilet and push… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Being married to a current CFPUA employee and previous City of Wilm employee (been there well over a decade) gives me a bit of a perspective about what’s going and the failure on the part of CFPUA executives to recognize that the remaining employees are having to do two or more jobs beyond their duties because a lot of essential positions have gone unfilled.

I’m not talking about the customer service or repair/maintenance. I’m talking about the operations people, the actual ladies and gents who make, treat or test your wastewater and water to make sure you don’t die from… Read more »

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