York Tightens its Belt

It's a tough time financially for the city of York, Ala. The city has announced that it's laying off eight employees, five full-time and three part-time.

Work hours for all employees are being cut from 40 to 32, except for police and fire departments.

Residents are also being affected. According to Mayor Carolyn Gosa, a one percent sales tax is being temporarily added. She says all of this is needed due to rising costs and falling revenues.

Since July, Gosa says the city has spent almost $150,000 for preparation and cleanup efforts for Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina and Rita. In fact, she says the cleanup is still ongoing and likely will not be finished until sometime next month. Within the last month, she says the city's fuel bill for vehicles has tripled.

To further curb costs, Gosa says city workers are carpooling during work hours. She says things could start looking up for the city once FEMA reimburses it.

However, with the closure of one of the city's longtime businesses, Interstate Ford, last week, officials say it's unknown exactly how long it will take for York to fully recover financially.


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