All city employees except firefighters will receive $1,000 bonuses with their April 8 paychecks.

All city employees except firefighters will receive $1,000 bonuses with their April 8 paychecks.

The one-time payments will cost the city $115,000 to cover bonuses for 32 members of the police union and 83 city employees who aren't covered by a union contract.

The amount is included in the 2011 city budget but was not discussed publicly during budget hearings last fall.

During its March 21 meeting, Worthington City Council approved a resolution updating personnel rules. One of six updates provided a supplemental pay provision for all non-bargaining unit members.

The $1,000 bonus for police employees was approved as part of its labor contract in January.

The bonus was meant to compensate union members because they did not receive salary increases in 2010.

Nonunion city employees also went without raises in 2010.

Traditionally, nonunion employees receive the salary and benefit increases that result from negotiations with the police union.

"It is Worthington history that we have treated nonunion employees the same as union employees," city council member Bonnie Michael said.

Police and nonunion employees also will receive 2.5-percent salary increases in 2011 and an additional 3 percent in 2012.

Firefighters are covered by a separate labor agreement. They already received 3-percent salary increases in 2010 but will not receive the one-time bonus.

In summer 2010, the city's income-tax rate was increased from 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

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