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4-day workweeks: City studies change to cut costs amid deficit

There are 32 comments on the El Paso Times story from Apr 22, 2009, titled 4-day workweeks: City studies change to cut costs amid deficit. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Obtaining a building permit or paying your taxes this summer might mean having to get to City Hall by Thursday.

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Brownsville, TX

#22 Apr 23, 2009
Evaluate wrote:
The city workers are as bad as the workers at the post office, none of them care. It is about time they bring in someone from the outside to evaluate all the positions and get rid of the excess and lazy ones. They could pay the outside company with the money they save by going to a temporary 4 day work week. Have you wondered why everyone else in the nation is expected to do more with less and in our city they only want to cut back instaed of taking care of the problems. I see another tax increase coming.
I dont think so buddy , because that means someone that is not related to you would be judging you.

El Paso, TX

#23 Apr 23, 2009
How much did they estimate it would cost to keep it lit?

El Paso, TX

#24 Apr 23, 2009
The star, I mean...
I have a suggestion

Kirkland, IL

#25 Apr 23, 2009
1. Furlough non essential personnel permanently.
2. Set Air Conditioning Thermostats at 78 degrees
3. Reduce work week to 4 days (96 hours) per week, no exceptions.
4. Maintain Police and Fire Protection personal but with ZERO '0' overtime after 40 hours.
5 Reduce annual sick days to 5 days per year, more time off at the employees own expense
6 Reduce the number of City or County or State Vehicles that are allowed to be driven between home and the office.
7. Enforce fines that are outstanding and pursue them until paid
8. Verify all expense account charges and do not reimburse for anything that is not covered by a receipt or purchase order
9. Reduce janitorial and maintenance staff by 50 percent with zero overtime
10 reduce school bus drivers overtime to zero. Stagger the shifts if needed to avoid overtime.
8 hours

El Paso, TX

#26 Apr 23, 2009
Those 8 hours will still need the air conditioner on in EP heat at night. They aren't going to keep open and shut off electricity and air conditioning. And the employees would be paid time and a half after the 8th hour? Or are they salaried? There doesn't seem like much savings. Who wants to be in the office for 10 hours?! That is insane. What about family time? They are going to be exhausted. Why not skip the Friday but keep the 4 days at 8 hours. That is a savings!!!! There would be no air or utilities .
8 hours

El Paso, TX

#27 Apr 23, 2009
Elected officials don't need the pay cut, it is the executive salaries over 40K that need to be cut!!! Elected people make nickle and dimes compared to those exec salaries. Developers need to quit getting tax breaks that are a drain on the system and burden everyone else. They take and don't put in. Same thing for retail land owners. There are too many vampires.

United States

#28 Apr 23, 2009
Not like much gets done at city hall anyways. They should try closing it on Tuesdays and Thursdays so the "weekend" isn't so long. Who do they think they are a bank?

El Paso, TX

#29 Apr 24, 2009
Theyre still using the shell game to fool the El Pasoans.

Still have have intentions of re-elecvting him, so he restart his spending AFTER the election.

He's sweating now, not because of the a/c but because he's been caught so now he 's trying to distract you by telling you how much he built and all those MINIMUM wages jobs he brought here.

Real progress, he LOVES to use YOUR credit card and then trys to convince you it is alrigth after you get the bill.

El Paso, TX

#30 Apr 24, 2009
just more rhetoric wrote:
The cost savings is the equivalent of probably a truly non-essential salaried position. I know we all have to do more with less, and although I would not like to see someone lose their position, as many are already unemployed, we do need to reevaluate job duties and descriptions.
That is exactly what I was thinking. Nearly every time I go to the county court house or any other government office in town I can pin point a couple employees who seem to just be another cog in the bureaucratic wheel. They aren't doing much to contribute to the long lines we all inevitably will wait in, or anything else productive. Cutting one or 2 positions would save at least $47,000. Government offices are busy enough without cutting down to 4 days! imagine how long everything will take then.

Brownsville, TX

#31 Apr 24, 2009
Lets see , Who wants to vote to get paid the same but work less.
all things equal

Seminole, FL

#32 May 1, 2009
Excellent point "Anne," maybe you should run for office, I'd vote for solid thinking like that. Additionally, I think the City ought to cut out these lucrative contracts that they have been offering recently retiring employees. These lucrative contracts take away money from the young successors.
Anne wrote:
Why doesn't the City get more aggressive on collecting fines and such? Isn't there somewhere around $6million outstanding on the books? That's almost half the deficit.
Cooling down the buildings? Is Joyce oblivious or what? Leave the cooling off for three days in the summer here will make it much harder to cool down the building on Monday morning, negating any savings! The most efficient way to keep a building a certain temperature is to set the thermostat and forget it. Anyone who lived through the 70s understands this - or should. Why else would we still be being constantly told to get programmable thermostats to save money?
all things equal

Seminole, FL

#33 May 1, 2009
Meanie wrote:
"The City needs to cut 8 hours from the payroll per employee also"??? Wherever you work at, they need to cut your 8 hours from the payroll too. How do you feel about that?
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We've alreaedy lost more than 8-hours, with all of the package cuts I calculated that we've lost the equivalent of 14.8 hours per week! Almost 15-hours per week, that is $15,400 a year per worker. That's we did to keep our company afloat. Better to take a cut than lose your job!!

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