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Mayor Rob McFarland issued Executive Order 20-03 amending Executive Order 20-01 to provide clarification on employee wages and benefits to be paid during the mandated Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Effective May 5, 2020, the City will return to its standard compensation policies as outlined in the Executive Order.
When Governor Jay Inslee initially ordered the Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive in March, Mayor McFarland added paid administrative leave for those unable to telework to employee benefits to be effective March 19 through May 1. These benefits will end on May 5th with the new Executive Order. Employees who are unable to telecommute due to COVID-19 related reasons are authorized to use other leave banks they have accrued.
Council and the City’s Finance Director established various policies and reserves after the 2008 recession to help North Bend withstand future financial shocks. However, many of the major sources of revenue have abated during the first quarter of 2020.
“Although North Bend will undoubtedly feel a significant revenue reduction over time, we currently have strong reserves and a positive balance between revenues and expenditures. Some of our neighbors find themselves in a less secure financial position,” Mayor McFarland said.
City Hall will remain closed to the public until the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is lifted.