DENVER – Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, will voluntarily join the rest of his office in taking eight furlough days in 2020, as we all pitch in to continue serving our community throughout the COVID-10 pandemic.
“So many people are struggling with unemployment, furloughs, and lost income right now,” Auditor O’Brien said. “It is an honor to serve this city, and taking this voluntary furlough alongside my team in my office is the right thing to do.”
As of this week, the city of Denver is facing a $226 million budget shortfall in 2020 because of a drastic loss of tax revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the government cannot stop serving those in the community who need us. The eight furlough days for all city employees are expected to save $16 million in the the city’s General Fund.
Denver Charter does not allow changes to the salaries of elected officials while they are in office. As a result, elected officials including Auditor O’Brien, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and 12 members of City Council have chosen to voluntarily take these furlough days by reimbursing the city for the equivalent of eight days of post-tax salary.
The Auditor’s Office has continued to operate full time by teleworking and performing essential duties. Our work to safeguard the public’s investment in the city of Denver through auditing, contract approval, and Denver Labor’s efforts to get workers paid is more important than ever.
“In times of great stress and volatile budgeting, auditors are essential in helping keep a close eye on the use of taxpayer dollars and resources,” Auditor O’Brien said. “Additionally, my Denver Labor team is working to get workers the money they are owed according to law. Every dollar matters to the families living and working in Denver right now.”