Clovis News

Many Valley government offices to close next week

To save money, many Valley government offices will be closed next week, with the employees on furloughs or taking mandatory vacations.

Hundreds of government workers for Fresno, Tulare and Madera counties began taking furloughs this week and will continue furloughs through next week.

Kings County employees are not taking furloughs and offices will be open next week.

Clovis city offices will be closed next week, but transit and public works employees, including sanitation, street sweeping and public works crews, will remain on duty.

Furloughs will affect 93 of the city's 463 employees next week.

The furloughs do not affect public safety employees, and other workers will be on call or available for emergencies, City Manager Kathy Millison said.

The furloughs also will allow the city to shut down heat and electricity in City Hall, she said. Altogether, including the furloughs, the city should save about $150,000, Millison said.

Selma officials shifted furlough days and required employees to use a half-day of vacation while closing most city offices next week, said City Manager D-B Heusser.

The city's public works department will be open to respond to emergencies, he said. Heusser said he didn't know how much next week's closure would save, but furloughs throughout the year will save the city more than $1 million -- about 12% of its annual general fund budget.

In Kerman, City Hall was closed on Thursday, and will be closed again next Thursday, New Year's Eve. Employees are using vacation time for those days. The city will reduce its vacation accrual, save on heating, electricity and other costs, said Tim Przybyla, Kerman's finance director.

A number of Fresno County departments, including rural mental health services, public health, and the clerk to the Board of Supervisors, will be closed all next week.

Tulare County also will close some of its departments because of furloughs. Those include the county agricultural commissioner's office, the child support office and the public law library.

Madera County closed some of its offices this week for employee furloughs.