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City employees get bonus, bridge to be repaired

Watkinsville audit finds significant deficiencies

The Watkinsville City Council last Wednesday approved bonuses for its employees who have served their current role for at least a year. Each eligible employee received an extra one-week’s pay, which amounted to a four-figure bonus for many of them.

Bonuses applied only to hired staff, not elected officials.

The total expense of the year-end bonuses is slightly less than $17,000. Mayor Brian Brodrick waived his pay this year, offsetting the bonus pool by about 65 percent.

City Manager Sharyn Dickerson volunteered to go without a bonus. However, the city council opted to give her a bonus as well. Those who have not worked at the city for at least a year were given $100.

Dickerson noted that for the five years that she’s worked for the city, employees have been given a year-end bonus.

For the past two years, the city of Watkinsville has approved a millage rate that resulted in a tax increase for citizens. This year, the city’s total expenses exceeded its total revenue by hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to an independent audit report

Harris Shoals Park Bridge

The railing of a pedestrian bridge near Christian Lake subdivision has collapsed, and the city is getting estimates to repair it. [Submitted photo]

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