Walla Walla tables furlough day decision

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners tabled a decision Monday about adding furlough days for two county departments.

At issue are unpaid days off for public health and human services employees. If the commissioners give a nod at today's meeting, those department heads will have approval to use furlough days as a way to save money.

State funding cuts are deep and will be even more so in the coming months, said Department of Human Services Director Daryl Daugs. With an original payroll of $2.5 million, "in our department we are projecting cuts of 10 to 12 percent," he said. "In addition, we are projecting cuts at the next legislative session. We are preparing for cuts of 15 to 25 percent."

By requiring an extra day off once a month and not filling three empty administrative positions, the effect on the community should be negligible, Daugs said.

Harvey Crowder, administrator for Walla Walla County Public Health Department, said his department also plans to use furloughs.