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Farmer questions sum of city bonuses

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City Finance Officer Russell Lee said each employee, whether full, part time or retired, receives $100 in Chamber Bucks, as do non-employee members of the city’s boards and commissions, and the six members of the Lebanon City Council.

Personnel Director Bill Durham said the city currently has 340 full time employees, with the number varying from 330 to 350. He also said that as of this week the city showed 62 part-time employees on the payroll, for a total of more than 400 workers.

That figure, however, still leaves about $14,000 in Chamber Bucks that are unaccounted.

But Lee shows 68 retirees on the bonus list and 71 names listed as members of boards and committees which are not city employees but do receive the Chamber Bucks, as well as six members of the city council.

Lee also said he still has $100 in Chamber Bucks left. His total accounts for all $54,800 purchased this year

Farmer, however, expressed some confusion involving a comment printed in a Nashville newspaper which claimed Lee said the city spends $70,000 for Christmas bonuses.

Lee said the reporter suggested that figure, and he agreed that number was possible, but added he could not say for sure until he had concrete figures. He said he is unsure who might have suggested that figure to the reporter.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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