Thanks to tough economic times, Riverside County can't afford to spare a square.
Two years ago, the vast majority of the county's buildings switched from one-ply to two-ply toilet paper.
In the words of Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times, "This was good, and the people were happy."
But then, things got a little out of hand, the Times reported:
The county's 10 elected officials, the executive leadership and their staff members were being treated to Angel Soft four-ply toilet tissue.
The four-ply paper costs less than a third of a penny more per sheet compared to two-ply, the newspaper reported. But those costs add up. Riverside County spent $270,000 on toilet paper in 2008.
And so now, the glory days of four-ply toilet paper are coming to an end.
"If we can save money, we will be switching," county spokesman Tom Freeman told the Times. "We've all taken a 10 percent pay cut. We stopped the process of people taking the government cars home, that type of thing. This is being taken very seriously."