EAST CHICAGO | East Chicago full-time municipal employees have been awarded a $500 bonus, the result of what Mayor Anthony Copeland calls shared sacrifice and austerity measures.
In 2010 and 2011, the city was dealing with a financial crisis, Copeland said. It had to find way to adjust its budget, which had a $15 million shortfall, cope with the new fiscal reality which included the cap on property taxes and a workforce which was larger than comparably-sized cities.
Through austerity measures, the city reduced its overall budget.
The city had not been able to offer across-the-board raises for five years and, in these lean times, city workers have been asked to do more with less.
As a result of those savings, the city was able to offer full-time employees the $500 bonus.