The Placer County Water Agency has approved a one-time 1.5 percent wage bonus for its 197 employees.
The bonus, unanimously approved by the water board Jan. 3, will cost the agency $198,000 and will not affect water rates, officials said.
Employees have received limited raises since the economic downturn began. Salaries were frozen from 2009 to 2012 when they were given a 2 percent raise. They have not received a 2013 base increase.