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May 7, 2020
City of Santa Fe “Virtual Offices” to Close at Noon on Fridays

Effective Friday, May 8, the City of Santa Fe will begin closing administrative “Virtual Offices” at noon every Friday due to furloughs. City buildings and facilities are currently closed to the public, but “virtual offices” and e-services have continued to operate in order to continue running city business during this time. As we implement the recently approved furlough plan, the most systematic and effective way will be to close virtual offices simultaneously. 

Other City services will continue. City transit buses will continue to operate daily on a modified schedule. If you have curbside trash and recycling pick-up on Fridays please place your bins out by 7 a.m. or the night before so our drivers can complete their routes. 

As a result of the COVID public health emergency, and ensuing economic decline the City of Santa Fe faces a $46 million dollar shortfall that it must fill by the end of FY 2020 (June). We’ve called on Washington, DC for financial assistance—urgently. We’ve frozen hiring and drastically curtailed spending. We cut overtime and comp time and had to cut ties with non-essential temporary workers. And lastly, reluctantly, we’ve had to implement temporary furloughs for our employees, the most painful act that any of Santa Fe’s elected leaders have had to make. Our employees are the City’s greatest asset; they’re the people we rely on to deliver the services we all rely on.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during these extraordinary times.

 

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