South Carolina has been hit hard by the economic and housing slowdown as well as the high price of gas this past summer. Too many governments, including the State, rely on "growth fees" such as impact fees, building permits, deed filing fees etc. to meet budgets. Most governments are reporting between 5-8% shortfall this budget year.
So far the following governments plan on furloughs (forced unpaid leave or unpaid federal holidays) to get by this budget year.
Charleston County School District
Medical University of SC
SC State Forestry Commission
SC Juvenile Justice Commission
Clemson University/Extension Services
Coming orignally from the north this is unheard of in the public sector to me. It is not a popular remedy with employees. The sentiment by these governments right now are "people should be happy to have a job". The strong resitance to raising taxes is the culprit here.
Has anywhere else been hit with furloughs this year or in early 2009 to meet budget constraints? What other options are there? Why did it come to this?