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EID Furlough Closures Begin July 15
Contact: Mary Lynn Carlton, (530) 642-4103, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Placerville, Calif. — In an effort to help the District reduce costs, all EID employees have agreed to take 40 hours of furlough between July 2 and December 31, 2011. District headquarters in Placerville will be closed on the following Fridays: July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18. Field staff furlough time will be scheduled so that operations continue uninterrupted and so that staff can still respond in an emergency situation. Customers who experience a service emergency should call (530) 622-4513.
The furloughs will generate a quarter million dollars in savings and could increase the District’s debt coverage from 1.25 to 1.27. “I have met with the labor management committee and I am very pleased that they understand the situation for both the ratepayers and the agency alike,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie.
Water revenue for the current year has been less than forecast due to the wet spring and this prompted Abercrombie to seek the furloughs. Abercrombie reported the District’s updated projected year-end gross revenue is $67.880 million, as of May 31, versus the year-end plan of $69.146 million—a deficit of $1.26 million. “This could change if our hydropower revenue comes in above plan due to the late rain,” he said.
EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.