Furloughs Approved in Fairfax

Employees to get day without pay

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    About 9,000 Fairfax County employees will get an extra day off without pay around the holidays.

    The Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a one-day furlough for all non-essential county employees on Jan. 2. The furloughs are expected to save up to $2 million and help the county close a $58 million budget shortfall.

    County Executive Anthony Griffin also warned supervisors that the financial situation could get worse and require more budget cutting. A slow holiday shopping season and slow home sales would further reduce revenue from sales taxes and real estate recordation taxes.

    Griffin has also ordered 2 percent across-the-board program cuts, has suspended hiring and capital spending and has proposed a withdrawal of up to $30 million from the rainy-day fund.