Denver to furlough employees to close $226M budget shortfall

Mayor Michael Hancock announced the impending furloughs Wednesday and will offer more information Thursday.
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Posted at 12:09 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 02:09:30-04

Denver employees must take eight unpaid furlough days by the end of the year to help the city bridge the growing budget gap caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Michael Hancock told the workforce in a letter Wednesday.

“COVID-19 has dramatically changed our everyday life and has taken a terrible toll on our national, state and local economies,” Hancock wrote. “We are now projecting a $226 million gap in our General Fund revenues.”

That estimate is up $40 million from similar projections a month ago.

Hancock will announce more details about the furloughs at a news conference Thursday but he noted in the letter that five of the eight mandatory furlough days are already scheduled for July 6, Sept. 4, Oct. 19, Nov. 27 and Dec. 24. The remaining three furlough days are flexible and can be scheduled throughout the year.

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