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County of Maui announces furlough schedule

By Staff | Jul 1, 2010

“Establishing a furlough schedule has been a complex process, and since this type of mandatory furlough program has not been implemented before for county employees, we will be closely monitoring its implementation. I appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation as the furlough schedule takes effect,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares.

WAILUKU — Mayor Charmaine Tavares announced that all County of Maui civil service and appointed employees, excluding uniformed police and fire department employees under separate collective bargaining agreements, will be furloughed 12 days in the next fiscal year, July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.    

Furloughed employees include all managerial staff. The first scheduled furlough day is Friday, July 16.

The one-day-a-month furlough plan was proposed by Tavares and approved by the County Council as part of the county Fiscal Year 2011 Budget.

Tavares has also agreed to reduce her pay to the equivalent of 12 furlough days.

The Office of the County Clerk, Office of Council Services and council district offices in Hana, Lanai and Molokai will also be closed on scheduled furlough days.

Because the Nov. 5, 2010 County Council meeting falls on a furlough day, the meeting has been rescheduled to Nov. 9, 2010.

The county’s furlough schedule for Fiscal Year 2011, all Fridays, will be July 16, Aug. 13, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Nov. 5 and Dec. 10, 2010; and Jan. 28, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 20 and June 24, 2011.

The following office buildings and/or services will also be closed: Kalana O Maui and Kalana Pakui Building; Old Wailuku Courthouse (offices of the Prosecuting Attorney); Real Property/Division of Motor Vehicle & Licensing (DMVL) Service Center in Maui Mall; DMVL satellite offices; all payment windows and counters; various administrative offices; permit offices; senior centers; and Fire Prevention Bureau.

There will be no changes or closures to county facilities during special events that have required permits; beach parks, including restroom facilities; public parks, playgrounds and tennis courts, including restroom facilities; Waiehu Golf Course; Maui Bus system; Play and Learn Sessions (PALS); and police, fire and ocean safety protection

To view and print a copy of the county’s furlough schedule, visit www.mauicounty.gov/furlough.

Closing county facilities is expected to reduce utility expenses and contribute to cost saving efforts.

Previous announcements regarding the closures of county swimming pools on county holidays and landfills (closed on Sundays) are not associated with the furlough schedule.

The public is encouraged to utilize the county’s online services at www.mauicounty.gov to make payments for vehicle registration and water/sewer bills, access information and download forms.