Shelby Employees Get Christmas Bonuses

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Shelby County Commission has stuffed the Christmas stockings of the county’s 5,700 employees with bonuses of about $650.
The flat-rate bonus comes from an unexpected surplus in the county general fund, according to The Commercial Appeal ( ).
Mayor Mark Luttrell had proposed giving workers bonuses equal to 1.5 percent of their salaries. The commission changed it to a flat-rate spiff after Commissioner Walter Bailey said that would be of greater benefit to lower-paid workers.
The administration said the surplus came from job cuts, holding positions vacant and strong delinquent tax collections.

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