Residents of Ohio village shower city workers with cash

CLEVELAND -- Public employees of a well-heeled Ohio village are again beneficiaries of a custom in which residents hand them hefty holiday bonuses.

The 103-year-old Gates Mills Improvement Society hands out the bonuses to the village's workers each year.

The money given out by the society comes from residents, not the village government.

This year the 61 village workers received about $50,000.

The median household income in the village of about 2,500 residents is $134,000.

Gates Mills is about 23 miles east of Cleveland. It was founded in the late 19th century and designed to look like a New England village.

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