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Macon-Bibb mayor vetoed employee bonuses. Here’s why.

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Mayor Robert Reichert of Macon-Bibb County presents his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2020 on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
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Mayor Robert Reichert of Macon-Bibb County presents his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2020 on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert is vetoing a $1,000 bonus for employees.

Reichert sent a letter to commissioners Thursday informing them of the veto. The bonus would cost $2.3 million and would come from the county’s reserve fund,

“I am vetoing this ordinance because I believe our employees deserve to be paid well for the jobs they are currently doing, and spending this money now hampers our ability to give them raises that will benefit them for years, not just once,” said Reichert wrote in the letter.

He also stated that employees would receive less than $1,000 after taxes, which could cause distrust.

If the board raised the amount to ensure employees received $1,000 after taxes, then the cost would go up, he stated.

He urged moving forward with a full pay-scale study.

Overriding the veto would require the support of six of the nine commissioners.

Commissioner Joe Allen, who supports the bonus, said he expects a vote at the next meeting, on Aug. 6, to override the veto, and he believes it will be successful.

“If the majority of commissioners feel this is the best way to do it, then he should be on board with the commissioners,” Allen said. “They know we are losing good employees because they are not giving them raises.”

Wayne Crenshaw has worked as a journalist since 1990 and has been a reporter for The Telegraph since 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Georgia College and is a resident of Warner Robins.
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