Wayne Co. to give work­ers $1,000 bonus

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY CHARLES E. RAMIREZ The Detroit News

Detroit — Wayne County of­fi­cials Thurs­day ap­proved a one­time, $1,000 stipend aimed at re­tain­ing county work­ers.

Wayne County com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously Thurs­day to pass the pro­posal, submitted by County Ex­ec­u­tive War­ren Evans’ staff.

“Our em­ploy­ees have sac­ri­ficed much over the years, so I’m happy that this stipend is be­ing given to them,” said Com­mis­sioner Alisha Bell, D-Detroit. “I’d rather they got a raise, but this is a good start and a good ef­fort to give them some­thing.”

Jim Martinez, a spokesman for Evans, said the ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­pre­ci­ates the mea­sure.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion as well as the com­mis­sion rec­og­nizes the sac­ri­fices made by our pub­lic ser­vants and rec­og­nizes we need to find ways to in­vest in our peo­ple,” he said.

Un­der the mea­sure, 2,312 full­time county em­ploy­ees are ex­pected to re­ceive the $1,000 stipend in their July 7 pay­checks.

To qual­ify for the bonus, em­ploy­ees must have at least one year of se­nior­ity with the county as of July 1.

Em­ploy­ees can choose to put the money into a health sav­ings ac­count or get it as a bonus, sub­ject to 25 per­cent fed­eral tax, plus the reg­u­lar city and state taxes.

County of­fi­cials said the mea­sure will cost the county up to $2.4 mil­lion, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of em­ploy­ees who put the stipend in their health sav­ings ac­count or take it in their pay­check.

Elected of­fi­cials do not qual­ify for the stipend, be­cause their salaries and raises are set by county or­di­nances, Martinez said.

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