GREEN RIVER — The Sweetwater County Commissioners approved for county employees either a bonus of $1,000 or a $500 bonus with two floating holidays.
The incentives were able to be awarded after sales tax revenue came in around $604,000 ahead of what was anticipated.
County employees did not receive a Cost of Living Adjustment in FY16-17 and haven’t received one since FY14-15 when they got a 2.5% increase. They did receive a $1,500 holiday incentive in FY15-16
The holiday incentives approved will cost just over $250,000.
Commissioners also discussed using the extra revenue to hire at the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, where Commissioner Wally Johnson said cuts were too deep.
The Sherriff’s Office requests $200,200 to hire six additional employees for two court security officers, two detention officers, and two control room workers.
Johnson opposed the program in favor of a days-off-only plan.