Town of East Hampton employees receive a one-time payment to offset inflation

The City of East Hampton will provide workers with a one-time payment of up to $2,500 to help reduce inflation-induced economic stress and maintain employment.

The city council voted on Thursday, Aug. 18 to approve the one-time incentive check, citing concerns about the impact of inflation and rising costs of living on the quality of life of city workers in the Hamptons.

  • The median per capita income in East Hampton from 2016 to 2020 was $69,212, about 60% higher than the state average, according to the US Census Bureau.
  • The average cost of living index in East Hampton is 272.9, significantly higher than the state average index of 120.5 and the national average index of 100.

Board members are also concerned about the potential negative impact that rising costs of living could have on the city’s efforts to recruit and retain employees.
“Rising basic necessities prices due to inflation have strained the budgets of our city employees, who continue to provide the essential services that East Hampton residents need,” city supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said in a statement.

Beginning September 10, most full-time East Hampton employees who work at least 30 hours a week are eligible for the one-time payment. Those ineligible include elected officials, appointed board members, members of the negotiating unit of the East Hampton Town Police Superior Officers Association, and the chief of police.

The benefits are based on the number of hours an employee works.

  • Those who regularly work 40 hours a week will receive $2,500, minus taxes and withholding.
  • Employees with a 35-hour work week receive $2,187 before taxes.
  • And 30-hour-a-week employees receive $1,875, minus taxes.

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