No Furlough Days in 2014 for Santa Maria City Employees
For the first time in four years, the city of Santa Maria will not have furlough days in 2014.
The city says their 550 employees will be seeing a 3% salary raise instead.
Employees have not received a raise since 2009 and instead agreed to a furlough program in which they would not work for up to 13 days each a year.
The furlough program saved the city over a million dollars a year.
The revenue has rebounded and the city council decided it's now time to thank their employees with this raise.
A 2% raise went into effect earlier this month; employees will see another 1% next July.
The city says this doesn't mean furloughs are gone for good.
They continue to cut spending and monitor the economy.