Dozen furlough holidays, supplement reductions recommended; judges asked to accept local pay cut

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Commission's finance committee has recommended to the full commission 12 furlough days for county employees in Fiscal Year 2011 and a reduction in the local supplements paid to prosecutors, public defenders and extension service personnel.

Moments ago, the committee also recommended that the county ask its partners who support the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission to permit the county to cut its support of the EDC by $11,500.

Many of the unpaid furlough days would be scheduled to coincide with what have been paid holidays for county employees.

The recommendation includes a 4.6 percent reduction in the county supplements that are paid to employees of the district attorney's and public defender's offices in the court system, and to the University of Georgia extension service personnel in the county.

The committee is also asking county judges to voluntarily accept a 4.6 percent reduction in their local supplements. Judges salaries are mandated by state law and the County Commission cannot cut their pay without their consent.