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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
December 13, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Mark Bowen, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, 441-7511

City/County Offices To Be Open December 24th
Fiscal impact too great to consider closing

Mayor Don Wesely and the Lancaster County Commissioners jointly announced today that city and county government offices will be open for business on Monday, December 24.

City and county officials have reviewed the potential ramifications of closing their respective offices and decided that the fiscal impact is too great to consider closing.

The city estimates closing city government offices for that day would cost approximately $355,000 in lost productivity, plus an additional $54,000 in overtime expenses. The overtime would be primarily for public safety employees who would continue to work. The total fiscal impact on the city would be about $409,000.

The county estimates it would cost approximately $118,900 in lost productivity, plus an additional $65,700 in overtime expenses for a total of about $184,600 to close for the day.

There are a substantial number of employees who have requested to use vacation leave on December 24, so the offices will likely be operating at less than full staff.

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