No holiday pay for DeKalb workers, more fees for citizens
According to the AJC article, DeKalb commisioners are considering dropping holiday pay for employees. I must say, this is a great idea considering the alternatives of additional layoffs and reduced services. This works out great because more employees get to keep their jobs, and the citizens do not see further reductions in service. According to the article, it would save about $8 million dollars. Not a bad way to slice down your deficit. I hope that the “reduction in pay” is for all 7000+ employees, and not just the hourly workers. My guess is that the salaried supervisors and admins, the ones that do not do the actual work, will not be affected.
Speaking of the budget deficit, a proposal to raise parking fees and golf course fees is also on the agenda. According to this article, the county wants to charge $3 for parking at the courts and jails off Memorial Drive. Right now it is free. I wonder how much the county will raise, after they give a contract to a company to manage the parking for them. After all, you can’t expect people visiting felons in the jail to pay the meter. And as for the golf course fees, it may raise some money, but probably won’t make a dent in the overall budget