County employees may go to four-day work weeks

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Facing a shortfall of $2 million, county employees may be taking a lot unpaid time off in the upcoming fiscal year.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive presented her 2009-10 fiscal budget to magistrates on Thursday.

The county budget of $15,3 million is about $2.7 million less than the current plan.

Bullitt Fiscal Court members will take the proposal and a final budget will be approved prior to June 30.

The key plan to balance the budget will come through going with a four-day work week for non-emergency employees.

The measure is expected to save over $300,000.

However, none of the magistrates interviewed following the special meeting appeared ready to accept that measure.

Magistrates Joe Laswell, Eddie Bleemel and David Walker said they were all concerned with basically cutting the pay of county employees by 20 percent since they would be working just four days a week.

Magistrate Buddy Shepherd didn't like the proposal but said it was better than having to lay off county employees.

Magistrates said that employees could not take such a cut in pay and that it could also result in issues over benefits.

Bleemel and Laswell are on the budget committee and both said they would be ready to further discuss the proposal at the first meeting on Tuesday, May 5, following fiscal court.

By law, the county judge is required to present a proposed budget by May 1. It is up to fiscal court to adopt the spending plan by June 30.

See Monday's edition of The Pioneer News and www.pioneernews.net for the complete story.