Steamboat Brief: Commissioners consider furlough plan today

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A resolution adopting a furlough plan for Routt County employees is scheduled for consideration by the Routt County Board of Commissioners at 2 p.m. today.

The plan would allow county employees to reduce their hours by 10 percent to match a 10 percent pay reduction adopted by the commissioners April 1. Methods for implementing the furlough plan would vary by county department. The furlough plan would take effect Sunday.

County Manager Tom Sullivan said the commissioners reviewed the resolution Monday and suggested some changes. As originally drafted by Sullivan and County Attorney John Merrill, the resolution included a provision allowing the commissioners to withhold benefits from employees in departments headed by elected officials who refuse to accept the 10 percent pay reduction. Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has challenged the pay cut for his department.

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