MAXTON, N.C. (AP) — The town of Maxton has laid off two police officers as it struggles with declining revenues.
The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/JXXyUD ) the town board voted 3-2 to lay off two of its 11 officers.
An audit earlier this year showed the town overspent last year by $233,000.
Interim town manager Angela Pitchford says the town has nearly $200,000 in its general fund, which supports local operations and pays 21 full-time employees.
Pitchford says laying off the officers will save about $55,000.
Police Chief Damon Williams says the cuts have invited more crime. The town had 14 officers a year ago.
Sharon Edmundson with the state's Local Government Commission suggested in March that the town raise property taxes, start foreclosures on properties for delinquent taxes, pursue grants and sell unused assets.
Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com