Employees of Commerce and Jackson County will get a three-day weekend this week.
Non-emergency employees of both governments will be off Friday for furlough days designed to help trim spending.
This is the last furlough day on the calendar for Commerce, which scheduled one a month through June to help balance the budget for the current fiscal year — which ends June 30.
Commerce has no furlough days in its budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Jackson County will continue monthly furlough days through December. Dates include Friday, July 2 — which means county employees will have two consecutive Friday furlough days, Friday, Aug. 13, Monday, Sept. 13, Friday, Oct. 15, Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 22.
Commerce had expected to save more than $100,000 this fiscal year by holding furlough days. Jackson County expects to save $646,000 this year.
Think you need to check on the non-emergency employees that were furloughed. I guess that fire departments will start responding non-emergency to all incidents, because they are non-emergency employees.