Wayne Co. to give workers $1,000 bonus
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.