Small Ala. city faced with $7 million shortfall

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CLAY, Ala. (AP) — A small northern Alabama town is facing a $7 million debt and is laying off municipal employees as it looks to trim expenses wherever it can.

WBMA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/UPJu4o ) newly elected Clay Mayor Charles Webster says helping the city dig itself out of its financial hole was one of the reasons he ran for office.

The television station reports a director of a senior center, a building inspector and several other city employees have been laid off to help cut expenses.

Webster says the city building a new ballpark, moving city hall and cleaning up from last year's tornadoes likely contribute to the debt. A preliminary budget will be presented to City Council Thursday.

Clay is north of Birmingham in Jefferson County.

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Information from: WBMA-TV, http://www.abc3340.com



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