County's voluntary time off program saves nearly $400,000

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.

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.

-Bob Cuddy