Galena officials lay off 10 city workers

The southeast Kansas town of Galena is shedding ten employees and raising taxes to correct a budget shortfall.

The Joplin Globe reports that Mayor Dale Oglesby says the city had a $260,000 cash shortfall. After the 2011 Joplin tornado, the city’s construction and demolition landfill brought in additional revenue that was used to keep the mill levy from rising.

But the landfill revenue has slowed, and the city’s new hospital hasn’t started showing a return yet.

The three part-time and seven full-time employees who were laid off last week worked for the city’s public works and police departments.

The mayor says the current mill levy of 43.23 will rise to 60.78. That will equate to an increase of about $100 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.