- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Buncombe County official says 131 employees have decided to take early retirement.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1xbYdLc) County Manager Wanda Greene said the number of workers who took the retirement option was significantly more than she expected.

In July, county commissioners approved an early retirement program for certain county workers. The deal will pay them a year’s salary over three years.

Greene said the early retirements are expected to save more than $1 million, but she doesn’t expect to have the complete savings information for a few weeks.

The deadline to enroll for early retirement was Aug. 22. Greene said employees had seven days to change their mind to meet federal requirements. She said employees will work their final day on Sept. 30, unless they have already left.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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