(WHAS11) -- Floyd County Council members held a special meeting on Thursday to discuss a projected budget shortfall of roughly $3.5 million for 2014. Officials are considering layoffs and blame their depleted funds on the three David Camm murder trials, the upcoming William Clyde Gibson trial and declining property tax revenues.
The room was filled with county workers who were critical of the council’s decisions, including the project that converted the old Pine View Elementary School into the Government Center, but depleted $1.6 million in county funds.
“You all have bitten off more than you can chew, but the bottom line is, it's not our responsibility to bail you out as the employees of this county,” Cheryl Mills said.
Employees also complained that they haven’t received raises in years, their insurance has gone up and they said their working conditions are poor.
“And now you're talking about laying us off. Where does it stop? When do you support the people who voted you in to make these decisions,” a worker said.
“We're going to form a committee, we're going to try to sell real estate and we're going to try to make up for this deficit,” John Schellenberger, Council President, said.
The council did not adopt a budget at Thursday’s meeting. They are scheduled to meet again next Thursday. They have to adopt a budget by Oct. 31 to send to the state for approval.