Aurora city employees to be furloughed Friday, buildings closed

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AURORA | City of Aurora employees won’t work — or get paid — Friday as part of money-saving operations instituted during a pandemic-induced $25 million budget shortfall. 

Most city buildings including libraries and city hall will be closed Friday while employees are furloughed. Buildings will also be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.  Parks, golf courses and reservoirs will remain open both days. 

The furloughs are one way city officials are trying to save money amidst a sudden budget shortage driven by the pandemic and economic restrictions. 

The Sentinel reported in July city government faced a more than $25 million budget deficit for 2020 and likely an even steeper shortfall in 2021. 

Cost-cutting measures, including the furloughs, adopted by the city manager and others will save the city about $13 million in operating cuts and $11.5 million in capital cuts.

Elsewhere, the city instituted a hiring freeze and downsized some city departments.