There were mixed reaction from citizens about a possible four day workweek for Lubbock County employees. County commissioners are currently exploring ways to save county tax dollars. One idea is a four-day workweek at the Lubbock County Court House. Currently citizens can come and go from the courthouse Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm.
At least once a month, Monica Limon walks through the courthouse doors. She says it is tough enough to get to the courthouse, during the current hours of operation. "8 to 5pm is not enough. I think a four day work week would throw everything off and I would not support it at all," Limon said.
However, not everyone agrees. "If they go with a four day I think they would save taxes, a lot of money," Richard Trevino said.
"Seeing that spike in our utility bill coupled with four dollar a gallon gas, those two things promoted us to look at how we can save money," Lubbock County Commissioner Bill McCay said.
Lubbock County Commissioner Bill McCay says for the past six weeks elected county officials and department heads have discussed changing the hours county offices are open for business. McCay says it could save taxpayers between $4,000 and $10,000 per month.
"One of the thoughts is a four day work week. Four ten hour days, all the way to the other end of the spectrum of flex schedules, flex hours," McCay added.
Lubbock County Treasurer, Sharon Gossett, is already trying out the idea. "Since I am an elected official and I can make that decision. I have spoken to some of the commissioners and they are curious to what our outcome maybe," Gossett said.
McCay says in the end, it is a matter of paying for courthouse security and air conditioning. "I think it's very unlikely that we'll have four ten hour days," McCay said. He added, "What we're really looking at is how we can operate more efficiently and maintain or improve our service to the community."
For about next six weeks, the treasurer's office will be open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:30pm. The office is closed from 12 to 12:30 for lunch. In August, Gossett says she will decide if the new hours will become permanent.
Commissioner McCay says he expects any proposed changes to the hours of operation at the courthouse to be on a meeting agenda in the next couple of weeks.