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Newnan City workers get holiday bonus and raise
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NEWNAN, Ga. - These days most governments are slashing budgets, cutting services and furloughing or even laying off employees.

But the city of Newnan is bucking the trend.

It's giving more than 200 city workers a year-end bonus and a raise on top of that.

In a climate when many Americans haven't had raises for years and blow their stacks when public workers get them, few in Newnan are even raising an eyebrow.

Mayor Keith Brady says Newnan can afford to give the two week salary bonuses and a 3.5 percent pay raise because the city has no debt.

It even paid cash for city hall thanks to a local sales tax approved by voters.

"When we can reward them with a holiday bonus for their actions during the year, we see fit to do that," Brady told 11Alive News.

Many Newnan residents are pleased with how city leaders have guarded their tax dollars.

"I think it says a lot for how fiscally responsible our city council and mayor have been and I'm delighted for the employees; I think it's wonderful," said resident Madeline Barrow.

"I think the city has structured itself well, so I think it's good," said resident Paul Hyatt.

It also helps that Coweta County is in better economic shape than most of its neighbors.

Its population continues to grow, unemployment is below the state and national averages and expanding businesses, like a new cancer treatment center, have added hundreds of new jobs.

Bloomberg Business Week recently named Coweta County as one of the "best affordable places to live" in America, the only Georgia county to make the list.

"Coweta County's done everything right; this is just a fantastic place to live," said resident John Suttles.

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