Burnet County adopts FY 2020 holiday schedule

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By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners were serious about adopting a fiscal year 2020 holiday calendar during a regular session Tuesday, Aug. 27, but that did not stop a little levity during the proceedings from the court's most junior member.

Human Resources Director Sara Ann Luther brought two options before the court — a calendar with 14 holidays, including Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25) this year, and a 15-holiday calendar which also added the day after Christmas (Dec. 26).

“I included the 15-day calendar because I had a number of people asking me about whether we could be closed for the day after Christmas,” Luther said. “They were concerned about traveling to and from their families for the holidays.”

Commissioners were quick to point out, however, that by adding the day after Christmas, the Burnet County Courthouse and annex buildings would be closed three days during the week and only open on Monday, Dec. 23, and Friday, Dec. 27, both of which already may be days some employees take off to expend unused vacation time before the end of the calendar year, leading to skeleton crews on duty that may impact customers with business to conduct with the county.

“Having the Courthouse closed for three consecutive days definitely is something I would flinch on,” County Judge James Oakley said.

At one point during discussion, County Clerk Janet Parker told commissioners that “back in the '90s, we closed the Courthouse for a week during Christmas.”

That's when Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle — the youngest member of the court — made a joke at his own expense about his age, noting that “back in the '90s, we were off for two weeks because school was closed for Christmas.”

Eventually, commissioners unanimously decided to adopt the 14-day holiday schedule for fiscal year 2020.

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