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County to cut three paid holidays
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The county is looking at cutting the pay for three holidays for the remaining 2010 year.

The holidays are Labor Day (Sept. 6), the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), and the observed Christmas holiday (Dec. 27). This would reportedly save the county about $300,000.

"It's always painful to take away some holidays and sick days," but the county needed to balance the budget, said Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Oden at Monday morning's BOC work session.

The offices of the constitutional officers - county elected officials that do not fall under the Board of Commissioners, such as the judicial system, sheriff's office, tax commissioner's office, and coroner's office - agreed to participate in the unpaid holidays as well.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office will cut an equivalent amount of funds  - about $135,000 - from their budget instead of mandating the unpaid holidays. The sheriff's office employs about 300 people.

The county looked at implementing furloughs or unpaid holidays last year as well during the budget shaping process, but decided to put the paid holidays back into the budget.