Yakima County budget deficits puts pressure on employees
YAKIMA, Wash.- Yakima County Auditor Corky Mattingly checks who's working and who's not. Department employees cover elections, record county transactions and do titles and licensing. This year, it's all happening with fewer people.
"Whether sick leave or vacation or furlough it impacts everyone in this division and other divisions because we have to pull people to cover the areas," said Mattingly.
To balance the budget, employees are required to take a furlough. Most will take 130 hours of unpaid leave, that's about a month away from the office. While that's saving the county money, the workload isn't going away.
"It's difficult....so we have to make up for it with what's left," said Mattingly.
When one or two people are out that means there's this much more work for everyone else to do.
"Might make a diff in a month or two when get more documents in and it gets busier, it will be way harder," said Jennifer Garza, a county employee.
To help employees finish their work, office hours were reduced to the public. They open an hour later and close earlier too.
"We have about 30 minutes or so before work to prepare for the day then between 3:30 and 5 ...it's the only way we can get everything done," said Mattingly.
Business is picking up and with more people coming in, they don't know how much longer they can manage.