Ft. Knox furloughs set to effect around 5,900 civilians

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by Patrick O'Rourke

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  --  Government cutbacks are being felt all across the country, including the prestigious Army post, Fort Knox.

Major adjustments to the post's logistical operations are already underway to save money, but the biggest of all will take effect on July 8.  Fort Knox will begin a period of furloughs that will last until September 30.

These furloughs will affect nearly 5,900 civilian employees and result in an aggregate total pay loss ranging between $13.3 and $16.3 million.  The furloughs will total 11 days through the fiscal year, according to a Fort Knox news release.

This will result in limited staffing, reduced operating hours and office closures on certain days of the week, the release stated.

Furloughs aren't the only manner of saving money that Ft. Knox is exercising. The Army base has also turned the indoor temperature from 73 to 78 to save on air conditioning bills as well as scaling back on grass mowing and custodial services.

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