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York County employees may get extra paid holiday

Posted By Andrew Kiel On May 21, 2013 @ 12:04 AM In State & Local News | Comments Disabled

York County Employees may soon enjoy an extra holiday as part of their benefits package.

County Council Monday approved the second of three readings of the measure that brings the county’s total number of paid holidays to 11.

Across the state, county governments offer an average of 11 paid holidays, with Chester County offering 14 and Lancaster, 11.

York County Councilman Bump Roddey drew up support for the measure, telling council it’s a great way to augment employees’ take-home pay.

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The measure will cost the county roughly $31,000 per year.

Council chairman Britt Blackwell was one of two dissenting votes, saying that in this year’s budget, the extra day off wasn’t appropriate.

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Councilman Chad Williams also opposed the measure, echoing Blackwell’s sentiment that it simply wasn’t smart given the tough budget year head.

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Monday’s decision comes after Roddey’s initial plan called for Easter Monday to be declared an official county holiday.

Instead, the now moving forward will be a floating holiday that will be used upon a request from an employee and approval from a supervisor.

Earlier this month, Interim County Manager Anna Moore included a three-percent merit increase for county staff in the 2013-2014 budget. Council members gave no indication it will be removed from the plan following Monday’s vote.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story indicated County Council passed the final reading of this ordinance. This was written in error. The reading passed Monday was the second of three required readings for final approval.

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