LOS ANGELES — After upgrading from one-ply toilet paper to four-ply two years ago, Riverside County officials are now being forced to downgrade to two-ply toilet paper, according to the New York Times.
The 18,500 county employees who enjoyed the extra softness of the taxpayer''s dime will now have to experience their restroom breaks like the rest of the general public making concessions to weather the recession, the story stated.
Riverside County purchases nearly half a million rolls of toilet paper a year, its biggest volume purchase, and spent $270,000 on toilet paper in 2008, the story noted.
Tom Freeman, a county spokesman, said: "There was a texture test, and then the Facilities Management Department decided that Angel Soft would be utilized for elected officials and their guests. The remainder of the county facilities would be using two-ply. If we can save money, we will be switching. We stopped the process of people taking the government cars home, that type of thing. This is being taken very seriously."
Several whistle-blowers felt the use of more expensive toilet paper was unfair as California is experiencing a budget crisis and many county workers have taken 10 percent pay decreases, the story added.
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