Cutting Costs: Akron Mayor Makes More Cost-Cutting Moves

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The city of Akron is looking at more cost-cutting measures.  The city now turning to furloughs and closing some buildings early.

The release is listed below.

Release From City of Akron



As the City of Akron continues to deal with the effects of the national economic slowdown - - including unemployment in the private sector that has affected the city's revenues - it is initiating additional cost-saving measures to conserve dollars with a minimum disruption in services to citizens.

The City of Akron will institute a Mandatory Furlough Program for many of its employees including the mayor, the mayor's cabinet, managers, non-bargaining personnel, and with approval of the agreement last Friday by the Civil Service Personnel Association, many of the city's other workers.

The principal purpose of the furlough is to reduce the number of paid hours for these employees from 40 hours/week to 38 hours/week between Friday, October 3 and Friday, November 27.

The savings resulting from this reduction and other cost-cutting agreements will allow the city to forego layoffs of some employees previously announced September 14.

Generally, the reduction will be implemented by closing most city offices at 2:30pm on Fridays, and on Wednesday, November 25.  Workers will not be paid for two hours each week for nine weeks - a reduction totaling 18 hours of pay.

More than 170 workers have taken voluntary furloughs since July 31, saving the city more than $50,000.

Municipal offices in the following five buildings will close Fridays at 2:30pm, October 3-November 20, and Wednesday, November 25:

City Hall

Morley Health Center

Citicenter (remains open until 8pm with guard on duty for athletic club)

Ocasek Government Office Building (municipal offices only)

I Cascade Plaza (municipal offices only)

The City's 3-1-1 call center for service needs will remain open during its regular hours (6:30am-11:30pm) and workers will be re-scheduled to reflect the new 38-hour workweek for the period stated above.