Christmas came early for Gila County employees.

At its Tuesday, Nov. 16 meeting, the Gila County Board of Supervisors agreed to use a portion of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act, Public Lands Counties Allocation to fund a one-time salary disbursement to eligible county employees.

On their Nov. 24 paychecks, full-time employees will receive a $1,000 increase with part-time employees seeing a pro-rated amount based on their hours.

The ARPA was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The $1.9 trillion package is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. As part of the $362 billion in federal fiscal recovery aid for state and local governments, $65.1 billion is provided in direct aid to counties and an additional $1.5 billion for public land counties.

Currently, Gila County has many positions vacant and other offices and departments are experiencing employee loss due to other employers willing to pay a higher hourly wage. The $1,000 one-time pay adjustment for employees shows the county’s commitment to employees that they are the county’s most valuable asset, said Mary Springer, finance director.

The total disbursement amount for employee pay adjustment is not to exceed $731,196.

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