A $4.27 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2011 was given preliminary approval by the Montgomery County Council on Thursday. Accomplished through furloughs, department budget cuts, and other methods of cost reduction, the FY2011 is the first in four decades to show a spending reduction for the County. The Gazette reports,
“The council approved a furlough plan Thursday that forces higher-paid employees to take more days of unpaid leave. Under the plan, all county government employees making less than $50,000 will take three furlough days; those making between $50,000 and $100,000 will take five days; and those making more than $100,000 will take eight.
Council staff said the average county employee will be furloughed five days.
Council members and Leggett also will take furloughs. Based on their pay, all council members, who make $94,351 annually, will take five days of furloughs. Council President Nancy M. Floreen, who earns a salary of $104,022, would take eight days, but the council elects a new president in December.
Based on that difference, Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park and the new council president likely would each have their salaries reduced by the equivalent of six-and-a-half days.
Leggett, who earns $175,000 annually, will be furloughed for eight days.”
“The council also voted to cut $24.4 million from the school system’s budget beyond the $137 million recommended by Leggett. The attempt to take more from the school system caused the system to threaten a lawsuit and brought relations between the council and the school system to arguably their lowest levels.”
The school system will not furlough its employees, officials have said — an issue that council members also raised.”
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