DeKalb cops, firefighters may get bonus

The DeKalb County Commission agreed Tuesday to a one-time 3 percent bonus for all sworn personnel in the county earning between $37,700 and $60,000.

The estimated $980,000 cost will come from the current budget’s fund balance if interim CEO Lee May approves the spending. May said he is still reviewing budget figures and has not yet decided if he will approve the bonus or if he will focus on raises in 2014.

The bonus proposal comes on the heels of a 3 percent raise earlier this year, pushed by indicted CEO Burrell Ellis, to use $2.36 million in taxpayer money to give 2,600 workers who earn below the “living wage” of $37,700 a year for a family of three.

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