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County to implement employee furlough days

Matthew Renda
Staff Writer

Nevada County will implement an eight-day employee furlough for the 2013-14 fiscal year, officials confirmed Friday.

The majority of the furlough days (a total of seven) will be accompanied by facility closures taking place around the winter holiday season with the first stretch spanning Nov. 25-27 and the second stretch running Dec. 23-27, said Assistant County Executive Officer Alison Lehman.

The eighth remaining day will be taken as part of employees' normal leave days. All eight of the furlough days are non-compensated.

The furlough program will save an anticipated $1.4 million over the next fiscal year and was negotiated with the county labor unions, Lehman said.

Lehman commended the employees and their labor representatives for helping to solve fiscal issues, such as a severe revenue decline.

The county is sensitive to reports of an improving local economy and incremental gains in the real estate market, which may indicate a stronger revenue stream from property taxes, but the county is still being fiscally cautious — a board policy that served the public entity well during the recent recession, Lehman said.

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"In the CEO's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14, he does not project a growth in property tax," Lehman said.

"The assessor will not have property tax information until she finalizes the assessment rolls in June."

Lehman said other fiscal emergencies, such as unanticipated charges from the California Public Employee Retirement System, still loom.

The departments of Auditor-Controller, Clerk-Recorder, District Attorney, Probation, Public Defender and Public Works and the Nevada County Sheriff's Office will be exempted from the furlough program. However, employees from those departments will take furlough days staggered throughout the year.

Other departments, such as the Department of Social Services, will remain closed but will be available to provide emergency and mandated services as required, Lehman said.

"We hope by communicating early that we will mitigate the impacts to our customers and the community," Lehman said.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or 530-477-4239.

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