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Bonus possible for county employees

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By Cindy Simpson

Roane County employees could find some extra money in their paychecks later this year.
County Executive Ron Woody said the county is in position to give one-time bonuses to employees after closing its records for the 2012-13 fiscal year with a $229,773 increase in fund balance.  
“We came in positive for a couple of reasons,” Woody said.
“One is because we didn’t increase operating costs with salaries,” he noted, “and two, our employees helped us get
to where we’re at by either
increasing revenue in some
of our departments or reducing some expense in some areas.”
The budget committee discussed the possible bonuses at last Wednesday’s meeting.
“If we’re going to do it, I think we do it now in my opinion because I don’t want it to be tied to a Christmas bonus,” Woody said.
“I would rather for it be tied to a financial performance bonus.”
Woody said that could provide incentive for employees to watch their costs in future years.
“The more money they bring in or the more costs they save is very advantageous, I think,” he said. “It kind of incentivizes the operation for the bonuses.”
The amount of the bonuses have not been set, but two figures mentioned at the meeting was $500 and $750.
Woody said he and the county’s budget director will work up a resolution for the September commission meeting.
“We are well enough that we can do some bonuses,” he said. “We are not in the position to do raises.”
County school system employees will not be eligible for the bonus.