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The best time to voice your opposition to a city employee bonus was at last night's council meeting, which you obviously did not attend or you would not have made some of the comments you made in your post.

It was brought out that City employees, because of increases in premium health care costs and decreases in 401(k) employer contributions, have gone through a 10% decrease in pay.

There has been a 30% increase in the city population since 2003, and many city employees have left due to retirement or gone to work for other companies that pay better than the city. There has also been a hiring freeze for quite a while, so current city employees have done more with less.

Even though they have less employees, they are expected to increase their work load to cover for those who left and handle the increase of infrastructure due to the increase in population. They haven't had anything for 3 years, and have actually seen their pay level drop 10%. They deserve their increase. They worked for it, and they earned it.

Cheers, city employees! Bottoms up! There are many of us who are happy for you!

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