Bessemer to lay off some employees

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley says 2010 has been a tough financial year for the city that has lead him to make some tough decisions. On Thursday, he announced the city will have to lay off 10 employees.

Mayor Gulley says the layoffs are just the first step of a long process to get city finances back on track.  Gulley is hopeful that sales tax revenue will increase in the New Year and a new Dollar General distribution center scheduled to open in 2012 will spur other new development in the city.

"I'm very optimistic, we'll continue to work through the difficulties we have right now, the challenges we have," said Gulley.

Gulley says the affected employees held "unclassified" positions and had worked for the city for less than 1 year.

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