Mr. Wever’s comment the other day got us to thinking about what the city did last year with the “one-time” bonuses they gave to all employees.
The August 3, 2015 edition of the Times told us that the city council voted to give $2.6 million dollars in year end bonuses to city employees. This is a link to the article.
The Legislature shall have no power to grant, or to authorize any county or municipal authority to grant, any extra compensation, fee or allowance to a public officer, agent, servant or contractor, after service has been rendered, or a contract has been entered into, and performed in whole or in part; nor pay, nor authorize the payment of, any claim created against any county or municipality of the State, under any agreement or contract, made without authority of law. Tex. Const. art. III, § 53.
After service has been rendered
You simply cannot pay a government employee in Texas in arrears.
Where was the city’s legal department when this happened?
We deserve better