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A little something extra in city employees' Christmas stockings

Thursday, December 15, 2011

City of Greencastle employees will find a little something extra in their proverbial Christmas stockings this year.

Coming to the end of a year marked by frugal spending, the City Council made like Santa Claus Tuesday night, voting to share some unspent 2011 salary allocations with city workers.

Because of a tight budget, along with the specter of unknown expenses and ever-increasing costs of things like gasoline and insurance, city employees went without a pay increase for 2011.

"Because our employees have worked prudently through their budgets this year, we have some well-deserved money left that we want to be able to share with them," Mayor Sue Murray said in introducing Ordinance 2011-4.

A Christmas bonus, in effect.

The ordinance, passed on first reading Tuesday and scheduled for adoption on second reading at a special 5:30 p.m. meeting Monday, Dec. 19, amends the 2011 Salary Ordinance that was passed in late 2010.

Under Ordinance 2011-4, each current city employee who has worked full-time since Jan. 1, 2011 will receive a one-time payment of $550 once the measure has been adopted on second reading.

Current city employees who are considered part-time or who have been hired full-time after Jan. 1, 2011 will receive a one-time payment of $275. Part-timers affected by the ordinance must work at least 20 hours per week, 12 months per year.

Crossing guards employed by the city will also be rewarded. They will receive a one-time payment of $50.

The salary increases do not affect the status of city employees' 2012 salaries.

Meanwhile, elected Greencastle officials are exempt from the pending pay increase.

In fact, earlier in the meeting, the Council adopted Ordinance 2011-3, fixing the salaries of all elected officials for 2012.

As has been the practice since 2008, elected city officials (Council, mayor, clerk-treasurer) will not be getting a pay increase in the coming year.

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Maybe County Council will do this also for county employees...

-- Posted by kubotafan on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 5:12 AM

dream on!

-- Posted by indianaresident on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 8:36 AM

The county should put some more money into fixing the roads that are in dire need first....

-- Posted by magoo55 on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 9:28 AM

Road funds are empty just like school funds for 2012,get used to it,folks.

-- Posted by kubotafan on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 5:21 PM

Really, where did those road funds go, obviously not on the roads.....What a joke...

-- Posted by magoo55 on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 9:50 PM

Magoo,that's a good question you should ask at State level,not County level......

-- Posted by kubotafan on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 11:16 AM

If this money was allocated for raises that didn't happen .. and I was a city employee .. I'd want MY money to come to me.

Every little bit helps during the holidays.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 11:41 AM

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