With the vote deadlocked on the 2013 bonus, Goodnight cast the deciding no vote, joining Planning Director Greg Sheline, Tom Miklik, a member of the Kokomo Common Council, and Les Ellison, a member of the Howard County Council.
In the 2014 budget proposal, Ives included an $800 and $400 bonus for full and part-time employees to be paid by July, again matching the bonus that will be paid to county workers. There is no change proposed in salaries.
Not all members of the policy board were supportive of the 2014 bonuses, and Miklik said he could support $400 and $200 bonuses next year.
“A lot of people in the community have not received a raise,” Goodnight said. “There are many working two jobs.”
The funding for the 2014 bonuses remains in the budget, but a motion by Miller means the policy board will revisit the issue again by June before they are paid out.