Chattanooga City Council members held a public hearing on the idea of paying a one-time bonus to all city employees Tuesday night.

The total cost of the bonus, $1.7 million, would be taken from a $2.5 million reimbursement the city received from the state for CARES Act funding.

Organizations that would also receive additional funding include the Tivoli Theatre and the United Way.

“The reason we are appealing to this is because we’re going to continue to work in this community no matter what, and we’re going to continue to work with you all,” said the United Way’s Jamie Bermann.

“It is critical for us to keep the Tivoli open so there is a sense of urgency to your continued support,” said Andy Muldoon, the Vice Chairman of the Tivoli Foundation.