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Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell
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(Times Free Press) - Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell plans to furlough the county's roughly 400 employees for two hours a week until year's end to save the county $250,000.

She thinks the two-hour-per-week furloughs are a relatively painless way to help offset what she said is a $3 million reduction in revenues over the past three years in the face of higher costs for items such as asphalt to repave roads and gas for county vehicles.

"This is not a chunk out of anybody's pay," Heiskell said. "Two hours a week is not bad."

"I take the full blame for this," she said. "I have refused to raise taxes."

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