County Employees Brace for More Cuts


POSTED: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 7:26pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 8:01am

More than 3,000 county employees will see a five percent cut in their pay as county commissioners race to trim $20 million by October 1st.

The tight economy continues to effect El Paso County.

More than 3,000 people who work for the county are feeling the pinch as every employee will see their pay checks slashed by 5% come october.

"I just had my baby and I don't have money to do the things I want to do because it's tight, the budget is tight and it's unfortunate," said Annette Thompson. She is just one of many who are angry with county coMmissioners.

But, commissioner Dan Haggerty says the 5% pay cut is the only way the county could save an estimated $9 million.

Haggerty is thankful the county won't have to furlough its employees at the moment, but the commissioner says this is only the beginning of the cuts and anything is on the table.

"We'll go with the 5% cuts, but we still need to cut $14 million," Haggerty said. "Furloughs still may be a possibility because I'm going to make this work."

Thompson contends that furloughs would be devastating and unfair.

"It's not fair that we work a day and don't get paid. it's really hard to live in El Paso with these kinds of paychecks we're receiving," Thompson said. "It's ridiculous, I don't think it's fair at all."

El Paso County has a yearly budget of $205 million. Commissioners don't want to raise taxes and Haggerty said pay cuts is the only way the budget has a chance to be balanced.

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What they fail to tell you is that the County has cut the county employee's pay by a little over 2% for the past two years via furlough days. This makes the third year in a row that the county has ridden their inability to cut non-mandated programs at the expense of county employee's salaries. It is not like county employees were ever overpaid to begin with and now with pay freezes for three years and pay cuts on top of that, it is not a good place to work.

Get rid of overlapping duties and cut positions that are fluff. We don't need them, don't want to pay for them, and sure could benefit from a leaner bottom line.

Welcome to the real world. People all over the USA have taken huge paycuts in this crappy economy. At least you have a job, and one that is more secure than other industries. As our government exports our jobs all over the world, they should consider moving their own call centers to India. I can hear it now "you have reached to customer support center for the Pentagon, press 1 for English blah blah blah" We took a 20% paycut, 5% is peanuts....

Sure the consilate closes and everyone drops everything and makes that a priority because why worry about our city when they obviously worry more about the city on the other side.

Correct me if i'm wrong but doesn't that new bridge that we have no need for cost 12million dollars which could of helped these city employees from getting pay cuts.

Like i said they are more worried about the other city then us. Juarez is no longer the most northern city of mexico, El Paso is.

My question to the commissioners is. Do the pay cuts include you as well?

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