Breaking: Layoffs begin within City workforce

(Gillette, Wyo.) This morning the City of Gillette announced in a statement that due to the struggling economy and decline in sales tax, they have begun reducing their staff. This, they say, is in order to "bring expenses in line with the current revenue picture" Over the past few days, the City has laid off nine employees. They claim this reduction in workforce will generate an annual savings of $661,682 in the General Fund. "The decision to reduce staff was not taken lightly by City Administration or without significant review by the Mayor and City Council," the statement read. "The City is hopeful that another workforce reduction will not be needed in the future." These layoffs are in addition to 22.5 positions that have been left vacant over the past year. We have contacted the City for further details and are waiting for comment. We'll have more information as it becomes available. #county17 #news [image: 20160113_123622.jpg]