After asking employees to take a two-day furlough before the end of the year and agreeing to do so himself, Sheriff Stan Evans said this week that furloughs won’t be necessary after all.
Evans said that Jackson County finance director John Hulsey told him last week that the county’s budget shortfall is not as much as expected.
“During our meeting, it was determined that the total amount we were being asked to cut was five percent of the total of unspent funds instead of five percent of our total approved budget for the remaining two months,” Evans said. “This figure was quite a bit less than what was first thought and can be achieved through line item cuts in unspent funds for the remaining two months, thus eliminating the need for employee furloughs.”
The sheriff said he will continue the hiring freeze and the elimination of overtime for the remainder of 2008.