The state of the economy's taken a toll on many of our budgets and the same goes for Beaufort County finances. Local officials tell us some unfortunate layoffs are going to be made soon in order to keep the government afloat.
Come June 12th, Beaufort County Manager Paul Spruill says 17 full time positions are going to be cut and three part time. Of the total 20, 12 are currently filled, those employees will be let go, the rest are vacant positions and will not be filled.
Some of those employees being laid off include a building inspector, a tax appraiser, a social worker, and three office managers.
The problem is the counties revenue shortfalls are unprecedented and in order to respond to things like a drop in sales taxes, the county must take action, something they've had to do in the past as well.
Spruill says, "This June 12th effort will represent our 3rd mass layoff in 6 years. The county has some experience implementing this type of spending cut, which no one enjoys. It's a terrible outcome but in order to spend responsibly in this economy it's a decision we had to make."
Layoffs were also made in 2004 and 2006 of five or more county employees.
When asked if further cuts might possibly be made, Spruill says if the legislature supports the governor's budget proposal and provides the county with funds like the promised lottery money, no other layoffs will need to be made.