Budget Impasse Could Lead to County Worker Furloughs
The Pennsylvania budget impasse has reached 126 days.
While many school districts are scrambling to stay afloat, there are now talks of possible furloughs for Erie County employees.
On Monday, Erie County Council held a first reading of an ordinance that would allow them to borrow $30 million. The money would be used to keep local government in operation until the end of the year.
With no state funding, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper recently put several cost cutting measures in place, which include a ban on all non-essential travel and purchases, overtime cutbacks, and a suspension on new hires at the Erie County Courthouse.
According to Erie County Councilwoman Carol Loll, the budget stalemate has elected leaders discussing unpaid furloughs for some of the county's employees. The county might also have to close some departments.
"We have to first look at the departments we have to keep open,” said Loll. “The prison has to stay open, part of the health department has to stay open, OCY has to stay open, but the rest of them, they are kind of iffy if we have to keep them open or whether we can furlough them for a while."
Erie County Council is expected to vote on the $30 million line of credit on November 17.