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Thu., July 8, 2010, 4:07 p.m.

Tax commissioners to donate furlough pay

The AP reports that tax commissioners will donate the pay they're being forced to accept for what they had anticipated would be unpaid furloughs:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's top tax collectors are donating vacation time to an employees' leave fund after they were barred from taking unpaid furloughs. The leave fund benefits state employees beset by personal or family illness. The issue emerged last month, when the Idaho State Tax Commission's four commissioners learned they couldn't voluntarily turn down their full $85,000 salaries. By then, they'd already taken 292 furlough hours, worth nearly $12,000, to save money and show solidarity with workers facing wage cuts. With their vacation donations, commissioners — Royce Chigbrow, David Langhorst, Sam Haws and Tom Katsilometes — aim to ease chagrin that they'd still get paid for time they took off. Said spokesman Dan John, "They wanted to participate ... not treat folks in the agency differently than the heads of the agency."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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