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McDowell lays off eight workers amid budget shortfall

WELCH (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 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.

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