Commissioners will be asked to sign a resolution that would mandate furloughs on May 27, June 17, July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, which would essentially close all non-public safety offices on those Fridays.
Cobb Chairman Tim Lee said public safety officers, such as firefighters and police officers, will be exempt from the mandated days. Instead, those employees will rotate furlough days.
Lee said he will meet with County Manager David Hankerson on Monday to go through plans for handling court system employees, as the county can pull funding, but cannot mandate how they handle budget cuts.
"I asked them to take part in the five furlough days, but I can't tell them to," Lee said. "They wanted to know the dollar amount equivalent to five furlough days, so they have been given that and can make cuts in other ways if they choose to, but I asked them to please take the furlough days in the spirit of other county employees who will have to take the them."
Lee said the five specific days were chosen because three are near holidays and two were positioned so there would not be two furlough days in the same pay period. One day is mandated each month so that they are spread out as far as possible, Lee said.
The Commissioners will also conduct a public hearing regarding a transportation and development study the county is looking to conduct in the Six Flags corridor. The Atlanta Regional Commission awarded the county $100,000 in February to conduct the study, which would map out the county's desires for future development and transportation projects. But the study comes with a $20,000 price tag for the county, as it is required to make the match to receive the $100,000.
Lee said the hearing will gauge residents' opinions on the study and help commissioner to decide whether to move forward with it.