Benton County Officials OK Christmas Bonuses

Posted: November 6, 2013 at 1:48 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace Tuesday endorsed giving employees a $500 Christmas bonus as they continue working on the 2014 budget.

At A Glance

Finance Meeting

Benton County’s Finance Committee on Tuesday approved buying a software program to allow the Election Commission to create its own ballot for elections rather than pay a company to do the work. The software will cost about $60,000 and officials estimate the savings will more than pay for that cost.

Source: Staff Report

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I have never heard of the all the county employees getting a Christmas bonus. 20% of the 1.7 million. What are you thinking? This is how our county officials put tax money to work.

Posted by: Kathyann

November 6, 2013 at 8:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Will someone please say "NO" to this out of control spending on pay raises and bonuses!!! Congratulations to the Sheriff and County Judge for getting themselves some hefty pay raises!

Posted by: hammond

November 6, 2013 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Next Tuesday, Hammond, vote NO an all bonds, taxes, and whatever else.

Posted by: JailBird

November 6, 2013 at 7:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Just like Father Pork Chop at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Fayetteville, if that gross thing cannot control its eating then withhold food. Disgusting behavior deserves drastic remedies.

Posted by: JailBird

November 6, 2013 at 8:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I'm not getting a Christmas or Holiday bonus. Why should people that taxpayers pay get something that taxpayers don't?

Don't come up with the argument that government employees pay taxes, too. They simply pay back in a very small percentage of what they take out. If I give you $100 and you give me $10 back, how can I count that as a contribution?

Posted by: jeffieboy

November 6, 2013 at 8:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "I'm not getting a Christmas or Holiday bonus."
Perhaps that is because you're retired. But why don't you stop whining and give yourself a raise?

"Why should people that taxpayers pay get something that taxpayers don't?"
Why shouldn't they? Maybe the taxpayers in Benton County-- which, last I heard, you are not one of-- want their county employees to have Christmas bonuses. Maybe they aren't as horrible to work for as you are.

"Don't come up with the argument that government employees pay taxes, too.
Why not? It's relevant.

"They simply pay back in a very small percentage of what they take out."
And, as one of tens of thousands of taxpayers, one citizen pays a very small percentage of a county employee's salary and bonus. If that tiny percent argument applies to them, then it applies to you.

Posted by: AlphaCat

November 6, 2013 at 10:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Make them dinner if you are so enamored with them. Just don't ask me to pay for what is up to you. For me it is difficult to carry on a conversation with an intelligent idiot because it perplexes me as to how an otherwise reasonably intelligent person could be so stupid. Oh! I remember now! it is that clinical mental disorder some are so sorely afflicted with.

Posted by: jeffieboy

November 6, 2013 at 11:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Just don't ask me to pay for what is up to you."
Nobody is asking you to give a Christmas bonus to anybody, and it's not up to me, either. Neither of us lives in Benton County.

RE "it perplexes me as to how an otherwise reasonably intelligent person could be so stupid."
Show how I have been stupid, or have a mental disorder.

Posted by: AlphaCat

November 6, 2013 at 11:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You are a liberal. That is all it takes to prove it.

Posted by: jeffieboy

November 7, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I don't usually post when it comes to issues involving Benton County. The reason I don't is because I am the human resourses manager. The problem is that you don't have all the facts concerning this "bonus." The money is not coming from the health fund reserves, that wouldn't be a wise business decision. The money would be coming from the savings from the last two years due to the healthy choices our employees have made. Our employees have reduced thier blood pressure, lowered their cholesterol, ten people quit smoking, and they lost over 1,000 lbs. This is an incentive for them to keep up the good work. I also want to mention that we haven't asked for an increase in funding for seven year's and you all know what has been happening to health care premiums. This plan and our employees health choices are the reason we could do this

Posted by: Milledout

November 7, 2013 at 7:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

HR: The county employees are benefitting from lower health insurance premiums vs private sector plans. Sell that fact to the county employees and congratulate them for being good stewards of the people's money. Please don't convince the employees that they "deserve" a Christmas/Health Insurance Bonus because they saved the tax payers money. It should be every county employees duty to save the people's money where possible. Please remember it's not your money!

Posted by: hammond

November 7, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thanks for the insight. If that is the case and the bonuses are being funded by, in essence, their own savings reserves, then I don't have a problem with it. Some deserve it, some need it, and good for the ones who have improved their health as well. I believe it probably doesn't sit well with a lot of residents because of the road department scandal(s) and the fact that we had just paid our property taxes less than a month ago. In addition, our property taxes will go up next year to pay for a new school, when in fact there was enough in their "savings" reserve to have paid for the school outright. If a school has 50-plus million in hand, then it seems we are overfunding them. There should be no reason for a school (or county/city for that matter), to have 30 to 50 million in surplus funds and then stand there with their hands held out acting like they're poor. I just believe if they have built up such a surplus with tax paid dollars, it should be returned to the taxpayers - all taxpayers - or used to pay for necessities like a SCHOOL perhaps. Just sayin.

Posted by: TClark

November 7, 2013 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )