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Health Department Furlough Days Mean Limited Schedule for Treatment Services

January 11, 2010

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Friday, January 15, 2010, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take leave without pay. A budget shortfall resulted in the need for several furlough days in 2010. On designated furlough days Treatment Services will be open for clients from 5:00 AM to 8:30 AM only. All other departments will be
closed.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will also be closed Monday, January 18, 2010 in observance of Dr.Martin Luther King's Birthday. No services will be available. The Health Department will resume a normal schedule on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

2010 Furlough Dates include:

  • Monday, January 4, 2010
  • Friday, January 15, 2010
  • Friday, February 12, 2010
  • Friday, March 12, 2010
  • Monday, April 12, 2010
  • Friday, May 28, 2010
  • Friday, June 18, 2010
  • Friday, July 2, 2010
  • Monday, August 16, 2010
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2010
  • Monday, October 11, 2010
  • Friday, November 12, 2010
  • Monday, December 6, 2010

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department faced a $2.2 million shortfall in 2010, from increased costs, decreased revenues, and shrinking reserves. Half of that loss will be gained by the furlough days, many of which are combined with other holidays to cut costs in heating, lights, and equipment.

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