The temporary layoffs and spending restrictions imposed by the Glacier County Commissioners on Tuesday, March 24, are due to “problems with county finances” not COVID-19, stressed Glacier County Attorney Terryl Matt. The Commissioners, on a 2-1 vote, imposed temporary layoffs and reduced operating costs of over $725,000 during the next two months.
Commissioner John Overcast voted against the measure. He reminded Commissioners Tom McKay and Chairman Michael DesRosier the Commissioners said they would give employees two to three weeks notice before any furloughs or layoffs were implemented. The “temporary furlough plan” went into effect at 5 p.m. on March 24 and will continue through May 31.
Pick up a copy of this week's Cut Bank Pioneer Press to see the entire plan on page 7. The Commissioners also adopted a number of closures to “mitigate the spread” of COVID-19. See story on page 2. More details of the meeting will appear in next week’s issue.