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Irvine's surplus allows city worker bonuses

December 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Irvine is giving every city employee a bonus: While many local governments are burdened by debt, Irvine has a $14-million surplus.

So the city council voted last week to pass the money along to municipal employees.

Full-time workers get a $500 bonus.

Part-timers get up to $250.

Irvine's budget surplus is largely the result of increased sales tax revenue.