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Augusta will furlough all metropolis employees and shut the Hatch Hill Landfill on Monday as a cost-saving measure to stability income shortfalls in pandemic-inspired spending.
A quick press launch issued by Augusta Police Chief Jared Mills on Friday said, “As a value saving measure, The Metropolis of Augusta now has scheduled furlough days. In consequence, all administrative workplaces in addition to Public Works and the Hatch Hill Landfill, might be closed, Monday, Could 18, 2020 and June 22, 2020.”
The furloughs are one other tough step taken by metropolis authorities following the announcement on April 30 that it could lay off 32 workers by the end of May to stability revenues shortfalls created by coronavirus restrictions and declines in gross sales, lodging and different taxes for the reason that pandemic started about two months in the past.
Waldo County commissioners mentioned Thursday that they’ve additionally furloughed employees, three non-essential county employees, forward of potential income shortfalls.
The employees laid off to date in Augusta embody workers working within the registry of deeds, probate court docket and within the services division.
In Augusta, some employees have already been let go as a part of the layoff plan, which focused 15 full-time and 17 everlasting part-time workers. Most of them work at metropolis services which can be largely closed as a result of pandemic. They embody the Augusta Civic Heart, the place most public occasions have been canceled, together with Lithgow Public Library and the kid care bureau at Buker Neighborhood Heart, officers have mentioned.
Particulars on the deficits being gathered by the lack of income weren’t instantly accessible on Friday.
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