Budget gap leads to voluntary plan for some employees to leave County

 

 inyosups2014Board of Supervisors Set to Consider Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan 

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider a Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan as one of many strategies the County is pursuing to close its budget gap. If all 28 positions contemplated for the program voluntarily choose to enroll in the Plan, the County’s General Fund will save $569,845 in Fiscal Year 2014-2015, and an additional $767,175 in Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

Under the Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan, certain job classifications recommended by County department heads will be eligible, on a department-by-department basis, to receive up to $15,000 in a one-time cash pay-out to leave county employment by a date certain. The County will achieve budget savings either deleting the resulting vacant position, or replacing with a lower level classification.

“The saving the County will see from the VSIP will be substantial and help out our budget,” said Sue Dishion, Deputy Personnel Director. “Just as important, it will create opportunities to re-assign and share staff among departments, generating even more savings. This could help to minimize the need for involuntary layoffs, and help us preserve jobs and services to the community.”

The purpose of the Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan is to allow and encourage County departments, working with County Administration, to plan how best to align the County workforce into a leaner organization while simultaneously minimizing the broader, negative impacts of employee layoffs. The Separation Plan presents an opportunity for departments to offer lump-sum, post-separation payments to selected classifications as an incentive for eligible employees to voluntarily terminate employment from the County.

Eligible employees who voluntarily leave County employment afford departments the opportunity to minimize or avoid involuntary separations, and enable job sharing between departments. By providing a separation incentive, the County departments may be better poised to strategically plan their future resources, realize financial savings, and avoid involuntary layoffs.

Consequently, the department heads have been working with County Administration to identify classifications throughout the County that are eligible for participation in the Separation Plan.

Based on recently submitted department budget requests, the County’s structural deficit in its General Fund exceeds $6.3 Million. Until the departments submitted their budgets last month, the deficit was expected to reach $5.1 Million. Next year, in Fiscal Year 2015-2016, the deficit is expected to grow by another million dollars. The Board of Supervisors has set a goal of reducing the structural deficit to $3 Million by the time it approves a balanced budget in September.

The Board of supervisors is expected to consider the Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan during the morning part its meeting agenda on Tuesday, July 15th in Independence.

 

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Bob
Bob
8 years ago

Does anyone seriously believe the county can get out of financial trouble and have things actually improve.

I’m sorry folks but I don’t see it

Inyo woman
Inyo woman
8 years ago

I believe the BOS and Administration are working hard to provide services, equity, and be mindful of peoples’ need for employment. There is a budget gap to be filled due to state and nationwide lack of funds. Focusing on blame is abdicating responsibly for what YOU can do to help… Read more »

Inyo woman
Inyo woman
8 years ago

I believe the BOS and Administration are working hard to provide services, equity, and be mindful of peoples’ need for employment. There is a budget gap to be filled due to state and nationwide lack of funds. Focusing on blame is abdicating responsibly for what YOU can to do to… Read more »

Uh Huh
Uh Huh
8 years ago

They already did this in Mono County. Put in your separation date and NO SIGN OF THE PAYOFF, just excuses. So if Inyo does go this route, GET THE MONEY before you sign anything

sick and tired
sick and tired
8 years ago

The only people that should be leaving are the ones that got us into this mess. The department heads, admin, and Kevin. They have lied and cheated the community for years. Continuously reducing staff and the service provided to the taxpayers only to put extra money towards their salaries and… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

So, some of these employees got a raise because they were working above and beyond their job description, and now the plan is for them to quit so they can be replaced with a lower level classification? Brilliant.-

Helene
Helene
8 years ago

The clue is buried in the last paragraph–Independence is in Inyo County. So it’s the Inyo County Board of Supervisors. Agree that the article is confusing.

Erich
Erich
8 years ago

Since the article mentions city of Independence, this concerns Inyo County.

…woul like to know more about the structural deficit history. Is this the result of lower tax revenues?

Thanks!

upthecreek
upthecreek
8 years ago
Reply to  Erich

No…it.s the result of higher pensions and benefits..
Govt gone Wild…

Walter
Walter
8 years ago

Is this Inyo or Mono County?

Sorry for my ignorance. I’m interested in The Eastern Sierra, but do not live there. And the article is unclear. Cheers.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
8 years ago
Reply to  Walter

This is happening in Inyo County. I wish it wasn’t happening here and I wouldn’t wish this on Mono or any other County. When there are not enough dollars available to support basic needs and services there are no easy answers . I still think there needs to be a… Read more »

Cody
Cody
8 years ago
Reply to  Walter

I’m pretty sure it’s Inyo County.

MajorTom
MajorTom
8 years ago
Reply to  Walter

Inyo.

Bob
Bob
8 years ago
Reply to  Walter

Howdy Walter,

Here’s the clue to which county “The Board of supervisors is expected to consider the Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan during the morning part its meeting agenda on Tuesday, July 15th in Independence.”

Thanks for being interested in the Eastern Sierra

upthecreek
upthecreek
8 years ago

Govt gone Wild…
Mega Public Pensions for everyone..

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
8 years ago

One PARTICULAR county employee up in Bridgeport come to mind…