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DABC contemplates furloughs to deal with budget cuts

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Posted at 3:52 PM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-11 17:52:13-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s liquor control authority is contemplating employee furloughs to deal with a $500,000 budget cut imposed by the legislature.

A spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control confirmed to FOX 13 that furloughs were discussed in a meeting between administrative and warehouse staff as ways to meet the budget shortfall. Any potential furloughs would not involve liquor store employees, DABC spokeswoman Vickie Ashby said.

“No decisions have been made,” Asbhy said in an email to FOX 13. “All options are being considered.”

Most recently, the DABC pulled a security contract with off-duty police officers as a result of the budget cut.

The DABC makes multi-million dollar, record-breaking profits year over year, but is not allowed to keep its proceeds. The money is turned over to the state’s general fund (and school lunch and public safety programs). The DABC’s budget is set by the Utah State Legislature.