Small Ala. city faced with $7 million shortfall
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.
Information from: WBMA-TV, http://www.abc3340.com