The county’s “voluntary time off” policy has saved close to $400,000 this fiscal year, according to the county’s Human Resources Department.
According to figures released in response to a Tribune request, between July 1, 1009 and Feb. 27, 2010, 289 employees utilized voluntary time off.
They took 12,389 hours and saved $389,052.
Voluntary time off is a strategy under which employees take time off without pay.
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It is one of several methods to save money that the county is using as it grapples with a third straight year of budget deficits. The projected deficit for 2010-11 is $19 million.
The county also has used consolidation, cross-training, encouraging early retirement, and leaving positions vacant as employees leave.