Tarrant County employees will receive $4,900 payments as part of a large-scale retention effort.
County commissioners voted this week to spend $27 million for the payments, which come as the county has lost 1,625 employees to terminations, resignations and retirements since March 2020.
The bulk of the money — $26.5 million — will come from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, with an additional $500,000 coming from the county’s general fund, according to county documents.
The county’s 4,615 full-time employees will receive $1,000 payments in August and September and $2,900 in December. Part-time employees will receive $250 checks in August and September and $500 checks in December.
Elected officials are not eligible for payments.
Tarrant County’s employee woes mirror national trends. Millions of people nationwide have left the workforce since the COVID-19 pandemic began in what economists call the “Great Resignation.” In April of this year, 403,000 Texans quit their jobs, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Retention payments will help reduce employee turnover and effectively deliver government services, county documents say.