CROWN POINT | Bonuses of $1,000 for each full-time city employee and a 2 percent raise for the mayor and clerk-treasurer are set to kick in after the state this month approved the city's 2013 budget.
The Department of Local Government Finance notified the city Friday that the $22.2 million budget adopted by city officials in October has been approved, Clerk-Treasurer Patty Olson said.
The City Council cited increased output and efficiency by city workers in granting the extra $1,000 in pay. The extra pay was in lieu of an annual raise for the 169 full-time employees.
The $1,000 will be paid later this month in individual checks separate from regular payroll, Olson said.
Two-percent raises for Olson and Mayor David Uran also had been approved by the Crown Point City Council and marked the first raises granted either officeholder in five years.
Uran's annual salary will increase to $76,551, up from $74,560 in 2012. The raise will bring Olson's salary to $74,517, up from $73,055 last year.
A suggestion that Uran and Olson be paid stipends for their service at city meetings had been overturned by the City Council in favor of the raises.
The City Council rejected pay raises for its members to keep their annual pay at $7,023 per person on the seven-member board. A proposed $50 per meeting stipend for attending council meetings also was rejected by the board.
The annual city budget covers proposed expenditures for the year.