RIVERDALE -- Riverdale employees will be getting a one-time bonus thanks to a $50,000 health insurance premium rebate.
The rebate from the city's health insurance provider, PEHP, was due to "favorable performance against expected claims," said Riverdale City Administrator Larry Hansen.
"I felt it would be worthy of recognizing the staff in this way," Hansen said. "Over recent years, we have come through the most significant financial challenge to our viability as a city. We have asked our employees to do stuff they never used to do. They have reached across departmental lines to cooperate."
The city council voted to extend a one-time bonus of $600 to 55 full-time employees and a $300 bonus to 45 part-time employees on June 30.
They scrapped an original plan to offer a 1.5 percent bonus based on full-time employees' salaries and a 1 percent bonus based on part-time employees' salaries.
"Each individual pays the same premium," Councilman Alan Arnold said. "The rebate is based on the group as a whole."
Hansen said he felt comfortable passing the rebate on to employees in light of a projected $1 million general fund surplus against a budget of $300,000.