By: Diane Benjamin
What “public purpose” do Christmas bonuses serve? Will the employees leave if they don’t get one? Do the bonuses effect who the employees vote for?
From the Carlock November minutes: Carlock November minutes
Carlock only has part-time employees. Received by FOIA:
Also received by FOIA:
Just because you do it every year that doesn’t make it legal!
What is the “Public Purpose”?
Make employees feel good?
Bonuses are a violation of the law and considered a gift unless it is written into the employment agreements with a measurable result in order to qualify for the bonus. Carlock doesn’t have employment agreements.
Those gift cards are taxable. I will be checking payroll records and W-2’s.
Unfortunately Carlock isn’t the only local government who hands out your money to employees. Once taxes are in their hands, government considers it their money.
If you are looking for a prosecutor you won’t find one. This is Illinois.
One more thing:
Carlock does this every year?
From the December 2018 minutes: http://media.virbcdn.com/files/7b/58a79a7ab3dfd37c-DecemberminutesVOC2018.pdf
Does Michele Becker understand the difference between using a “donation” and “taxpayer” money?
$200 was fine last year, but this year the Board approved $610.
Maybe the taxpayers of Carlock should ask questions.