WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Eight McDowell County employees have been laid off as the county struggles to plug a budget hole.
The layoffs include Delegate Clif Moore, who is an assistant county administrator.
Moore tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/So1rbF ) that seven employees were laid off Friday. His layoff is effect June 13 so he can continue working with county administrator Jennifer Wimmer to balance the budget.
Moore says a recent decline in coal mining has hurt the county's tax revenues. Wimmer says the County Commission also is trying to collect more than $2 million in unpaid taxes.
Moore says the County Commission employs about 220 people.
Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, http://www.bdtonline.com