County employees could turn down pay raises to solve budget crisis
YAKIMA, Wash--$1.1 million. That's the budget gap Yakima county faces. Earlier this year county commissioners said they would not dip into reserve money to pay for the shortfall. According to County Commissioner Mike Leita, one of the ways they proposed to cut costs was to have all county employees give back their 2010 pay increases. Of the roughly 1,100 county workers only four did this, the three commissioners and the sheriff. On April 15th the commissioners will announce how they'll solve the budget deficit. Right now they're considering shortening the workweek for employees and laying off more workers.