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El Dorado Irrigation District Employees Agree to Furloughs to Reduce Operational Costs
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El Dorado Irrigation District Employees Agree to Furloughs to Reduce Operational Costs

In an effort to help the District reduce costs, staff agreed to take 40 hours of furloughs 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 to ensure that operations continue uninterrupted and so that staff can still respond in an emergency situation.

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 rate payers and the agency alike,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie.

Water revenue for the current year is behind plan due to the wet spring and this prompted Abercrombie to impose 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 hypdropower revenue comes in above plan due to the late rain,” he said.

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