The Beverly Hills City Council has canceled three furlough days scheduled for April 1, May 6 and June 3 after accepting an offer by the Beverly Hills Firemen’s Association to delay salary increases to the city’s fire department.
The council agreed at its formal meeting Tuesday to postpone the department’s 3.04 percent salary increase for about a year, saving the city $280,000, which is enough to avoid the three planned furlough days.
“Everyone in the city is working together as a team,” said Captain Dennis Andrews, who is president of the Beverly Hills Firemen’s Association. “We had an opportunity to prevent the furloughs and we were very happy to help out our fellow city employees.”
The furloughs were as a way to help close the city’s $9 million budget gap for fiscal year 2010-11. The city’s emergency services and public schools are not affected by furloughs.