Cache County votes to go back to 5-day work week

It will be back to a five day work week for Cache County employees beginning on Tuesday, September 6. The Cache County Council voted four to two Tuesday night to end the four days a week, 10 hours a day schedule in spite of the fact that several employees spoke out against it.The change was made three years ago after the state of Utah went to a four-day week and Cache County Assessor Kathleen Howell said the motor vehicle department she supervises would have to be in line with the state. Now, she says things have changed.”Now the state’s going back and they are going to be open,” Howell says. “That doesn’t mean necessarily that we have to go back. Because the state office can still be open it doesn’t mean we have to be here transacting. “The state is keeping some of it’s offices on the extended schedule so the support would be there for us to remain there on the four-day schedule and keep the extended hours in Cache County because we have support services. So either way we would have the support now where as when we moved it we didn’t have support.”Howell and other employees said they believe the public likes the current schedule because they can do business with the county before and after their regular working day. County council members voting for the switch were Corey Yeates, Val Potter, Gordon Zilles and Craig Buttars. Those councilmembers said they get complaints and believe the public will be better served by being open on Fridays.Councilmembers Kathy Robison and Jon White voted against the change and Craig Peterson abstained.

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