More county cuts, in jobs and pay freezes

Deeper cutbacks are occurring in our county’s government, including pay freezes and job cuts, amid the ongoing decline in property tax receipts.

Longtime workers at the Rood Center have told me they have lost their jobs recently. Supervisor Hank Weston discussed county-wide cuts – in jobs and department budgets – at the candidate’s forum last night as well.

“The management unit employees voted last week to forgo their 3 percent raise scheduled for July 1, 2010, instead moving it out to the fiscal year 2012 in order to assist the county during the current economic downturn. As you know, they join the department heads and electeds who will forgo their raise this year, for a second year in a row,” according to the Friday memo.

“In addition, the remainder of the unrepresented employees in the County will also forgo a raise this year.”

Clerk-recorder Greg Diaz said his department had previously been cutting jobs, and District Attorney Cliff Newell said he was replacing more senior staffers with less experienced ones to save money.

The library’s woes have been widely publicized, but less so the more quiet across-the-board cutbacks occurring at the Rood Center.

Assessor-candidate Sue Horne said she would accept a 5-percent pay cut if she was elected.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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