Montrose County has paid more than $373,000 in performance bonuses, but the money was already part of the budget, which has not been exceeded, management said.
The money was in the budget that commissioners had already approved for 2012 and was not a new appropriation, County Manager Jesse Smith said.
“The dollars went into the current budget to pay personnel their salaries. We did not exceed that budget. In fact, we’ll be well under that budget,” he said Tuesday.
The bonus payments have raised hackles among local citizens, including those involved with the Montrose Information Team. They say when the private sector is hurting, it is not the time to hand out bonuses, and at http://montroseinformation team, ask why the bonuses were paid.
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