Pa. county gives workers bonuses

December 5, 2008 6:15:23 AM PST
Government workers all over the country are getting layoff notices, but not in Carbon County in eastern Pennsylvania. Workers there are getting bonuses.

For the first time in eight years, the county's nearly 370 nonunion workers are getting a holiday bonus - anywhere from $100 to $200, depending on whether they work full time or part time.

Commissioner William O'Gurek says Carbon County found itself with an extra $2.1 million in its budget, so they are giving part if it back - approximately $60,000 total to the people they say made the surplus possible.

The commissioners are also eliminating the occupational working tax for county residents.

Carol Malatak, who works in the county's Tax Assessment Office, says, it's "nice to be valued and appreciated."

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Information from: WNEP-TV, http://www.wnep.com

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