LINDEN – Linden began implementing furloughs last month in an effort to stay within the city’s budget.
On July 29, the municipal court office and the offices of treasury, finance, construction, personnel, purchasing, weights and measures and law were closed. Some civilian personnel in the police and fire departments were also off for the day. The first furloughs took place a week earlier, with the engineering department closing and certain civilian police workers having the day off.
Most union workers will take three voluntary unpaid days off, with the remaining furlough dates spread throughout the remainder of the calendar year.
Linden reduced the city’s budget by about $4 million to $88 million, which still necessitated a tax increase due to lost state aid and declining revenue.
“Most of the employees understand why the city has to do it,” said Treasurer Alexis Zack of staff in her department. “I think they’re just thankful they still have jobs and they’re willing to work with the city in whatever capacity they have to.”
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