Furloughs Finally End for City of Palm Springs
Now staff will go back to 40 hours a week, but city hall will still be closed on Fridays. Video by kmir6.comvideo
Palm Springs city workers will finally go back to a full 40-hour work weeks after four years of furloughs.
The library will soon be open six days a week instead of five, there will be more code enforcement officers on Fridays and employees will work full schedules again.
These changes will go in effect at the end of June.
Furlough Friday's keep the doors shut at Palm Springs City Hall.
"I saw the sign that said they were closed and I'd wondered why I'd gotten such a good parking spot," said valley resident, Dominique Fruchtman.
These cuts started four years ago, and saved the city more than a million dollars a year.
"It was a minor inconvenience and it kind of a shame that they still have to do that, but I'm confident that as things continue to improve that too will go away and everything will be back to normal," said Fruchtman.
Now staff will go back to 40 hours a week, but city hall will still be closed on Fridays.
"That's something that certainly could be re-negotiated with our bargaining units, but for the foreseeable future in the next fiscal year, city hall will remain closed on Friday," said Palm Springs City Manager, David Ready.
But Palm Springs is going mobile, offering apps on phones that let you report problems or pay bills from home.
"Code enforcement and things of that nature, information coming into city hall, we're re-doing our website, we're going to be looking at online payments and permitting, things you can do online services so you don't actually have to come to city hall," said Ready.
And thanks to the end of furlough days, as of the beginning of July the doors at the Palm Springs Library will once again be open on Mondays.
"It will just be fantastic for the library, most of all this will be fantastic for the community and we're very excited to be able to bring the library back on Mondays," said Director of Library Services, Jeannie Kays.
Evening hours will also be added at the library, in addition to the extra day.
"I think its awesome, I love the library and Monday's not a huge, big library day, but it will be for me," said Fruchtman.
So expect to see the doors open more and longer in the city of Palm Springs.
The Palm Springs city manager says employees agreed to the fourth year of furloughs, in exchange for keeping a four-day work week; which is why city hall will remain closed on Fridays.