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Irvine to award bonuses of $100 to $500 to all city workers

December 4, 2011 |  6:06 pm

A divided City Council has approved $450,000 in bonuses for city employees.

The council awarded $500 to each full-time employee, $250 to part-time employees who work more than 10 hours a week and $100 to part-timers who work less than 10 hours a week.

"It's not a lot of money, but it says to every employee, 'We recognize that we've been through a tough time together,' " Councilman Larry Agran said. "It is not a bonus; it is recognition of the tough times, the harder work, the smarter work, that has allowed us to restore ourselves to a position of being whole."

Councilmen Jeffrey Lalloway and Steven Choi voted against the bonuses.

"It is very difficult to sit in front of our city employees and to object to that type of recommendation as a bonus compensation [for] a good job well done," Choi said at the Tuesday meeting. "But for me, I'd rather be more cautious than celebrating with the temporary surplus."

That surplus is the not-yet-allocated $454,691 of a nearly $14.4-million surplus detailed in the general fund year-end report, according to the Daily Pilot.

The unexpected funds came in part from a 15% increase in sales tax revenue and a 14% increase in hotel tax revenue, according to a staff presentation.

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