Gig Harbor

City to save money with furlogh days

Gig Harbor will join the growing list of cities and counties attempting to survive the economic downturn by making employees take furlough days.

Employees, with the exception of police and wastewater treatment plant employees, will have to take eight days off without pay between now and the end of the year.

The loss of time worked will not have an impact on employees benefits, but they also will not be allowed to use vacation days to make up for the lost income.

Five of those days will fall between Christmas and New Year's Eve. City officials say that was planned because city offices see less traffic at that time.

The city will also now observe Columbus Day and the Gig Harbor Civic Center will be closed on September 4 (Friday before Labor Day), October 12 (Columbus Day), November 25 (Day before Thanksgiving), December 24, 28, 29, 30 and 31

City officials figure that making the approximately 76 employees take the days off will save taxpayers about $116,000.

The city is dealing with an anticipated $1.9 million budget shortfall next year.