MERRILLVILLE | The town will use additional money available in its insurance fund to provide bonuses to Merrillville employees.
Councilman Tom Goralczyk said Merrillville has $80,000 in extra funding in the insurance fund.
The council on Tuesday unanimously decided each full-time employee will receive a $500 bonus and each part-time employee will receive a $250 bonus because of the additional money.
Council President Carol Miano said no elected officials will receive bonuses.
Councilman Richard Hardaway said he wants to continue to pursue raises for all town employees except elected officials in 2014.
"I don't want to put that on the back burner because we're doing this," Hardaway said.
Councilman Shawn Pettit said 25 percent of the funding Merrillville will receive through the income tax must be designated for public safety, and Merrillville could use that funding for raises for the Police and Fire Departments.
Goralczyk cautioned the council about making a decision about how it will spend the public safety funding because it might have to be used for Merrillville's contribution to operate a consolidated E-911 system in Lake County.
Clerk-Treasurer Eugene Guernsey has said he is a proponent for raises for town employees, but he isn't sure how the income tax will impact Merrillville's budget.
He doesn't want the town to take on additional financial obligations until he knows those figures, he said.