VALPARAISO | Porter County government employees will receive 14 paid holidays next year, including days off for the primary and general elections.
Porter County Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, said Tuesday that while some feel county employees are given too many paid holidays, the number is in line with other counties and the state.
State employees are slated to receive 14 paid holidays next year, with a similar number for other counties around the state, according to a random check.
Neighboring Lake County intends to give its employees 14 paid holidays next year and election days are not among the paid days off. The two additional days over Porter County are Columbus Day and New Year's Eve.
Porter County employees are scheduled to receive nine of the 10 federal holidays next year, with Columbus Day, Oct. 13, failing to make the list. The additional five days they will receive off include election days May 6 and Nov. 4; Good Friday, April 18; Black Friday, Nov. 28; and Christmas Eve.
Employees in the cities of Portage and Valparaiso will receive fewer paid holidays next year.
Portage city employees are slated to receive nine paid holidays in 2014, with the day after Thanksgiving having been tossed in additionally at the discretion of the mayor for at least the past 10 years, said Clerk-Treasurer Chris Stidham.
City hall employees also receive primary and general election days off, he said.
Valparaiso city employees will receive seven paid holidays next year. Employees also receive Good Friday and the day after Thanksgiving, but are required to use their own paid time off, according to city hall.
County employee benefit levels came up for discussion as the County Council made a failed attempt this year to find enough funding for next year's budget.
County Councilman Jim Biggs, R-1st, said employee rules need to be rewritten to address the 6 1/2-hour work days, 14 paid holidays for 2014 and vacation benefits that build from 10 days to five weeks a year.