The Fayette County PVA Office will remain open despite furloughs for nearly all state employees effectively closing state government Friday, September 3, 2010.
Fayette County PVA David O’Neill will remain on the job in the PVA office, but without the full complement of 25 deputy PVAs. Most work performed by the office will be suspended, but routine functions will continue.
“Unlike my staff, my pay will remain the same whether the office is open or not, and I do not believe it would be fair to the taxpayers to close the office,” said O’Neill. “I expect it to be like any other day with phone calls and visits from taxpayers, and I’ll do my best to respond to their needs.”
Friday, September 3, 2010 will be the first of six mandatory furlough days that nearly all executive branch employees must take during fiscal year 2011, which began July 1, 2010. PVA office staff members are considered executive branch employees and subject to the furloughs. However, PVAs are elected officials whose salaries are established by statute and therefore cannot be furloughed by the Governor’s order.
“My goal is to minimize the impact of the furloughs on the public and other county and municipal government offices that rely on our expertise,” said Mr. O’Neill. “Please accept my apologies for any delay you may experience Friday, and join me in recognizing the huge financial sacrifice being made by my staff and other state employees.”