Two counties in eastern Kentucky are each laying off more than a dozen employees.
It could be a difficult holiday season for many workers here in eastern Kentucky.
As we approach the winter months, several counties begin to lay-off seasonal employees.
But in one county, budget constraints have caused unexpected layoffs, leaving thirteen workers out of the job.
It's a decision he didn't want to make. Last week Judge Executive Randy Thompson, and the Knott County Fiscal Court made the difficult decision to Lay off 13 permanent County Employees due to unexpected budget constraints.
“Especially it being the holidays, it was a heart-wrenching decision for me, but it was one that had to be made,” Judge Thompson said.
Judge Thompson says the county received nearly 300-thousand dollars less in Gas-mineral taxes than expected...money that directly funds the salaries of several county employees.
“We're trying to maintain and provide the same services that we've provided all along, with fewer people and fewer resources and it's a difficult task,” Judge Thompson said.
Floyd County's Judge Executive R.D. Marshall says his county is fortunate to not have to lay off anyone off...but he says, avoiding lay-off's can be a difficult task, “We take one day at a time here in Floyd County.”
Judge Thompson in Knott County however is optimistic about his county's future, though he can't say for certain whether more layoffs will be necessary.
“If out revenues return back to their anticipated budget level, then yes...we hope to call them all back,” Judge Thompson said.
Judge Thompson in Knott County told me that most of his county's layoff's were with the highway department, though he says there were layoffs in every county department.
Thirteen employees were also laid off in Pike County, but officials there tell us, they were seasonal employees only