Employee bonuses on Tuesday’s board agenda

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Dec 01, 2010 - 05:40 PM

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether to pass an ordinance amendment that would authorize the county to give its officers and employees bonuses. The public hearing will begin at 8 o’clock in the colonial courthouse.

Board members will discuss the matter following the public hearing and will most likely make a decision on whether or not to award $400 bonuses to all county employees as of Jan. 1, 2011.

Gloucester Point supervisor Bobby Crewe initially requested a discussion Oct. 19 on whether to give county employees bonuses. "They haven’t had a raise in three years and are due one also," Crewe said at that meeting.

This was the same meeting supervisors voted to fund the schools by category rather than lump-sum funding.

One of the arguments several supervisors used to change the school division’s funding method was that the school system had decided to use year-end savings to give all school employees (except for top school administrators) $400 bonuses during the last fiscal year.

Other matters the board will discuss during its regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., include broadband; its budget schedule for next year and additional appropriations of county finances. It will also hear a presentation of the county’s fiscal year 2010 comprehensive annual financial report.