Madison County commissioners postponed a decision Monday on whether some county employees could lose their excess vacation days.
In years past, county government employees had no limit on vacation hours that could be carried from one year to the next, but the BOC voted four years ago to set a cap on hours accrued at 240. Those with more than 240 hours (or 30 eight-hour work days) of vacation time were told that they had to use up any hours in excess of 240 or lose them by the end of 2012.
Over 30 current employees — mostly in the sheriff’s department and road department — have more than 240 vacation hours accrued.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood made a motion Monday to revisit the issue at the beginning of December. In the meantime, board members hope employees with excess vacation days will use some of those hours, since they may lose them at the end of the year. Youngblood said department heads should drive that point home to their employees.
“I don’t know how this board is going to vote and they don’t either,” he said.
Commissioners set a vacation limit several years ago after auditors informed the board that a large balance of unused days is essentially an outstanding debt. That balance has been cut in half in recent years and is now around $40,000, which means a number of employees have reduced their vacation balance.