Tags: US | Tax | Commission | No | Furlough

Idaho Tax Collectors Try to Take Pay Cut but Can't

Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 06:52 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

With a looming state budget gap, Idaho's four top tax collectors wanted to show solidarity with state workers who were having their wages cut. So they took furlough days to reduce their own salaries.

Only trouble is, their voluntarily turning down salary violates state law, the tax collectors learned Wednesday — so they will get be paid for the days they took off.

Royce Chigbrow, David Langhorst, Sam Haws and Tom Katsilometes took 292 hours of furlough in recent months.

But since their salaries are set by the Legislature — part of a policy meant to remove pay from potential political interference — the state controller's office said they must be paid for furlough time, a total of $11,995.41.

"Since the inception of required furlough hours taken by Tax Commission employees, the commissioners have willingly participated and also taken the appropriate furlough hours," the commission wrote in a memo to its employees. "The commissioners have now been told that by doing so, we are violating state law. Therefore, we must comply with the law. We regret having to do this, but it is simply out of our hands."

Excluding the final pay period of fiscal year 2010, all 400 State Tax Commission employees have taken 27,040 hours of furlough, saving Idaho $670,108.59, commission spokeswoman Liz Rodosovich said.

Now that they're being paid for their furlough time, tax commissioners could still donate a share of their salaries to Idaho or a charity. But the commissioners, who earn about $85,000 annually, would be on the hook for any tax liabilities.

Langhorst said Wednesday he's still deciding how to address the situation — and his share of the furlough pay.

He joined the Tax Commission on July 6, 2009 and says it was standard practice then for commissioners to take furloughs along with the agency's other employees, to participate in cost savings to fill a looming state budget hole.

"We took those furlough days in good faith," Langhorst said.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dies at 76

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 11:26 AM

Rubin Hurricane Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, . . .

Boston Marathon Defies Terror Attacks One Year On

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 10:53 AM

The Boston Marathon returns Monday under a major security crackdown after last year's deadly bombings as a near record 3 . . .

Researchers Use Twitter to Predict Crime

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 07:46 AM

Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters -- even before a crime  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved