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La Habra council set to pass unpaid furloughs for police officers, others

August 17, 2009 | 12:54 pm

The La Habra City Council is expected to vote tonight on more than $1.5 million in budget cuts that will require unpaid furloughs for municipal employees.

Recent sharp declines in sales and property tax revenues have led to the shortfall in the city’s $33-million 2009-10 budget, said Assistant City Manager Jennifer Cervantez.

About half of the budget cuts will come from unpaid employee furloughs -- 104 hours per person, which amounts to a 5% pay cut. Two-thirds of those savings will come from the Police Department, Cervantez said.

“Although difficult, we commend our members and other city labor groups for agreeing to tighten our collective belts in order to help the city through our national recession,” Jim Tigner, president of the La Habra Police Assn., said in a statement.

-- Mike Anton, reporting from Orange County