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County closer to final budget with shorter work week

November 26th, 2013 - 5:31am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County commissioners vote today on a new labor agreement with its sheriffs deputies.

But the county is still working on new labor deals for other employee groups. Those agreements will be handled as budget adjustments as it is too late to get them into the draft budget going public this week.

For the first time ever, the county has had to come up with new contracts for all eight of its labor groups in the same year. Concessions workers gave up two years ago, including furlough days, to balance the budget expire at the end of this year.

Instead of furloughs next year, the county will reduce the work week to 37 and a half hours in order to cut labor costs.

The county also will dip in to reserves by about 388-thousand dollars to balance the budget. The county also proposed taking a one percent increase in the tax levies for the general and road funds.

The county will hold pubic hearings on the proposed budget next Tuesday at 10 am and 6 pm. County commissioners could vote on the final plan as early as next week.

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