County Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, said Monday she will not support an administration request for permission to hold the line on salaries and to furlough county employees without a written guarantee by County Executive Charles I. Ecker that he will not lay off anyone.
Two of Ecker's aides told Pendergrass they thought such a guarantee would be impossible.
Pendergrass made her request at a council work session on four bills aimed at cutting expenses by eliminating raises and furloughing employees.
Budget administrator Ray Wacks and deputy county administrator Cecil Bray told the council that layoffs would be a last resort.
Pendergrass suggested workers be furloughed as much as 26 days in the coming fiscal year to keep everyone employed. She said she wanted workers to receive a 30-day notification of furloughs.