Elkins City Council has voted to eliminate the annual stipend given to city employees during the holiday season.
Each year, employees were given stipends, also known as holiday bonuses, which averaged nearly $40,000 over the last four years and completely dependent on available funds. Officials say the annual stipend had been used in the past to provide additional monies to employees in the absence of a raise and was eliminated following the adoption of the Step and Grade compensation plan.
“The money that was spent on these pay raises is comparable with what was paid on the annual stipend, but now they have something to grow off with. Each year you get more and more per hour plus their retirement will grow too,” said Elkins Mayor Van Broughton.
City Council members took action in November to change the stipend policy language and did not eliminate the ability for council to approve any type of stipend in the future.