Would you jump at a day off without pay?
Kemah plans to ask its city employees if they want to volunteer to take time off without pay to help with the city's budget woes.
The city is facing a deficit of about $200,000 in its current budget, which ends September 30, Mayor Matt Wiggins said.
The shortfall is attributable to a loss of sales tax revenue in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. The city receives a majority of its sales tax revenue from the Kemah Boardwalk, which was closed for three months after the storm.
This month, Wiggins said he expects the city to ask city employees if they are interested in taking voluntary leaves without pay.
"We'll be glad to let them off," Wiggins said. "It would be voluntary so it'd be up to them as to how many days they'd want to do. We'll see how many people volunteer for some days, and then we'll take it from there."
Wiggins said he is hopeful that voluntary days off will improve the city's financial situation. The city has already eliminated seven positions this year, he said.
There has also been talk of closing City Hall on Fridays.
"Look, we're upside down," Wiggins said. "We're trying to get right side up."
Unless the city is hit by another hurricane, the city's fortunes should improve once its 2009-10 budget starts on October 1, Wiggins said.
"If we can plan, we can get ready for it," he said. "But you can't plan not to have a fourth of your revenue coming in."
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