By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON – Several Madison County employees expressed surprise at the $500 bonus they received in their most recent paycheck, using it to make the Christmas holiday a little brighter.
Madison County Council last month voted to give all full-time employees a $500 bonus for this year and a 3 percent salary increase in 2014.
Several employees said Thursday the bonus, received Dec. 20, made the Christmas holiday a little brighter for their families.
“I was very shocked,” Jodi Allen said of the $500 bonus. “I didn’t expect it at all. It went toward Christmas shopping. I tried to make everyone’s Christmas a little brighter.”
Allen said as soon as the bonus was announced, she planned to spend the additional money on Christmas.
“I was happily surprised about the 3 percent raise,” she said. “It all made the season better.”
Cindy Parrish said both the bonus and pay increase came as a surprise since it has been about four years since county employees received additional compensation.
“Once I learned about the bonus, I knew it was going to Christmas,” she said. “I bought for other people, nothing for myself.”
Parrish said the $500 bonus meant she didn’t have to dip into a savings account for Christmas presents.
Debbie Bowling also expressed surprise at both the bonus and the salary increase for 2014.
“It made Christmas a little better,” she said of the bonus money. “I spent a little more on Christmas for family members.”
Anjie Cox used the $500 bonus to pay her car insurance premium for the next six months.
“I was a good girl, I paid a bill,” Cox said. “The additional money will go toward other bills. Any extra money helps.”
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