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County OKs employee bonus

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

County workers — full, part-time and oncall — who save their department or the county money will be eligible for a bonus under a plan adopted Wednesday morning in a special meeting by the Levy County Commission.

The commission, which first discussed the idea of giving a $600 one-time payment to full-time county workers at its Oct. 16 meeting, found that state law prohibits giving workers a bonus without going through a process of setting standards for earning and evaluating the awarding of bonuses.

The law also said the one-time payments must be made available to all employees, which meant part-time and on-call workers were to be added to the proposal first made by Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland (R-District 5). "I know it caught some of the commissioners by surprisem" he said, citing state Sunshine Law restrictions on commissioners discussing business outside a public meeting 


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