HAZARD — The Perry County Fiscal Court held a special called meeting on July 12 to discuss, among other topics, personnel issues. After going into an executive session, the Fiscal Court voted to place county workers on a one day per pay period furlough schedule throughout the next 6 pay periods. This means that employees on the county government’s payroll will be cut to 72 hours per each two-week pay period instead of 80 hours. As of now, the furlough is set for 12 weeks. This decision was made in an effort to take some of the strain off of the county’s budget.
Starting July 22, county offices that are part of the Fiscal Court payroll, which include the Judge Executive’s office and Solid Waste, will be closed every other Friday. The County Garage and county maintenance workers are also part of the furlough. However, the 911 office will remain open and active 24 hours every day. The Sheriff’s Office will also operate on its usual schedule. The Senior Citizens Center is exempt from the furlough because the center receives some of its funding from outside sources, such as the state government. The office of Perry County Clerk Haven King is not part of the Fiscal Court. Therefore, the Clerk’s office is not part of this furlough.
July 22 will be the first day offices involved with the furlough will be closed and they will close every other Friday from there for 12 weeks. Anyone with questions about how the furlough might affect a particular office can call that office for further information.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.