Furloughs Approved in Fairfax

Employees to get day without pay

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.

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