Some Montgomery County government employees will be offered $35,000 to retire early — a plan that officials say will save the county money if those positions are not refilled within three years. Just how much is not yet known because it is still unclear how many employees would take advantage of such a program. However, a document presented by the Office of Legislative Oversight on Monday shows that the proposal would save the county money — correcting an objection to last year's proposal, which OLO found would have cost the county money over time.
County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) proposed the retirement incentive to help reduce the need for layoffs in his fiscal 2011 budget proposal. He is calling for as many as 232 layoffs. During a council committee meeting Monday, council Vice President Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring asked what would be done to ensure that employees were not rehired within three years — a move that would negate budget savings. SOURCE: Gazette