Big Island council members skip furloughs

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Six county council members on the Big Island opted against taking furloughs as they started their jobs in December, in contrast to other county officials who faced similar cuts.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday that the previous council had implemented furloughs, along with Mayor Billy Kenoi, clerical staff and other workers. The furloughs lasted for four years, with two years of twice monthly and two years of monthly unpaid days off.

The nine-member council volunteered for the furloughs, and three members who continued to a new term continued to take the pay cuts.

But 3 of the new council members say they don't remember being asked to take furloughs, though two say the requests may have been lost in a shuffle of paperwork as they started their new jobs.

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