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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ADOT Cancels Future Furlough Days

Operational efficiencies allow for
return of uninterrupted customer service

PHOENIX — Efforts within the Arizona Department of Transportation to reduce costs through increased efficiencies and an overall reduction in expenses has allowed the agency to cancel all future staff furlough days – assuming the financial picture remains stable.

Last week, ADOT Director John Halikowski announced to employees that the remainder of furlough days for the 2011-2012 calendar years have been canceled, acting on discretion granted by the legislature.

This is good news for ADOT customers.

Offices, including Motor Vehicle Division customer service centers, will return to offering uninterrupted service. Office locations and hours are available at www.azdot.gov.

“The credit for this accomplishment goes to ADOT employees who have helped make the department more efficient and productive, reducing operational costs and contributing to our financial stability,” Halikowski said. “These have been challenging times – for our customers and our employees – but we have worked together to confront these challenges. Everyone at ADOT looks forward to supporting our communities through our customer service, public safety, maintenance and operational efforts.”

ADOT would only consider future furloughs if unforeseen circumstances occur, such as a significant reduction of tax revenue to the State Highway Fund, and if furloughs were absolutely necessary to maintain the fiscal integrity of the State Highway Fund.

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