Bostock 'inclined against' furloughs in Pinellas
Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock said Wednesday she is "inclined against" furloughs of county workers to avoid layoffs due to a $40 million deficit forecast for 2011.
At Tuesday's board meeting, Bostock said the county needed to take a "good look" at furloughs and employee issues in general as the commission decides how to tackle the shortfall and a projected $70 million hole if nothing is done in 2012.
But Bostock wanted to clarify Wednesday her stand on furloughs. Her support of discussing the idea was part of moving Commissioner Calvin Harris, who was critical of taking a multiple-year approach to budgeting and cuts, to accept that approach.
"They (furloughs) look like a good solution if you're looking at one year. ... They look differently ... if you're looking at a multiyear approach," Bostock said, adding that furloughs delay the decision and need for cuts, but don't solve it.
David DeCamp, Times staff writer