Tompkins County may join the list of other communities throughout the region who have implemented furloughs to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The biggest challenge we’ve had is the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going to happen in the future, trying to predict the future has been difficult. We don’t have any president to base experiences off,” County Administrator Jason Molino told WENY-TV.
There’s an expected revenue shortfall of $12-$19 million.
“For the past month, we have taken proactive measures to start to expenditures including a hiring freeze, a spending freeze. We’re also talking about cutting some assistance we provide our supporting agencies and nonprofits as well as unfortunately about 96 layoffs that are going to be effective at the end of the week,” Molino added.
The furloughs would hit about 20 different departments with a total of approximately 96 employees, full- or part-time, cut for 6-12 weeks.