PITT COUNTY -

The Pitt County manager and three other county employees have declined a bonus.

In Monday morning's county commissioners meeting, Pitt County Manager Scott Elliot read a statement saying he and three other county employees do not want a 4-percent bonus, according to Commissioner Glen Webb.

The bonuses were approved for Elliot, Chief Information Officer Mike Taylor, Chief Financial Officer Duane Holder and County Attorney Janis Gallagher due to good performance.

But in his statement Monday morning, Elliot said the bonuses would be a distraction, Webb told NewsChannel 12.

What will still take effect is a 1.5-percent cost of living increase for all 900 county employees.

Elliott told NewsChannel 12 there's no money to give employees merit bonuses this year. However, he said they will get something, based on performance.

"Like we did in the current year and we'll do next year that will be 2 days off depending on whether you are full-time or part-time and how the system works," Elliott said.

In place of merit bonuses this year, Webb suggested giving county employees a $150 bonus around the holidays. He said county commissioners will make a decision about that in the next couple of days.