5:21 am November 20, 2009, by Henry Unger
The private economy went into the tank first. Now, the public economy is dealing with the fallout.
The latest victim is Fulton County. It will move forward with a 2010 budget that includes $86 million in direct service cuts and could result in layoffs for hundreds of county employees and tax increases, AJC reporter D.L. Bennett writes.
Any employee who survives the layoffs, which will be determined over the next 10 weeks, would be forced to take 10 furlough days under an option approved Thursday. Fulton would convert all of its holidays to unpaid time off.
Commissioners were quick to point out the series of votes Thursday approving that option doesn’t set anything in stone, Bennett writes. It merely sets direction for staff who must now recommend specific cuts.
Next month, commissioners would decide on those recommendations. A final budget adoption won’t happen until late January.
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