ST. JOHN | Part-time and full-time town employees will receive a bonus this year.
The St. John Town Council’s unanimous vote earlier this month to award bonuses came after vigorous discussion about whether the bonus would be given in addition to possible raises and promotions.
Part-time employees will receive a $375 one-time bonus while those employed full time will get a $750 bonus.
Department supervisors and elected officials aren’t eligible for the bonus.
Town Council President Michael Forbes led discussion on the public’s perception of why bonuses, raises and promotions would be approved now.
The discussions stemmed from a financial snapshot compiled by Mark Barenie, council vice president, and initially presented at the council’s meeting on July 26. That report highlighted the town’s positive economic situation due to cost-cutting measures and debt payment.
It also included reports by department supervisors detailing how employees have met the economic challenges of the past few years and which employees should receive raises or promotions.
At the July meeting, the council voted to defer action on the recommendations until the Aug. 8 meeting.
“I would be concerned about this because it looks like we’re doing it because of the Lake County income tax that was recently passed. The public will think it’s because we anticipate a wave of money coming in,” Forbes said prior to the vote.
“But we know the town is in a good financial position because of what we’ve done over the last few years,” he said.