Tuolumne County Supervisors Tuesday morning approved a hiring freeze for county government.
County Administrator C. Brent Wallace says that in light of the current state budget crisis, local governments need to hold fast.
“It´s going to be important that we maintain all the dollars that we can in a fund balance for carry over and that we would be able to look at those dollars for use in balancing the ´03 – ´04 budget,” Wallace said.
This means the county government will not hire any more employees this fiscal year – with a few exceptions. Positions that were already open will still be filled. Also, necessary public safety employees will still be hired, like sheriff´s dispatchers.
The hiring freeze will last until the board adopts a new budget. The fiscal year ends in June.