WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - People who work in Whiteville could soon face furloughs.
City leaders are starting to work on the new budget and say it could be a nearly $600,000 shortfall, because the state might change the way cities and towns get money from privilege licenses and liquor sales.
Currently, Whiteville city officials have a hiring freeze on five positions. City officials say that they have also postponed buying a new fire truck and doing construction on city hall.
Mayor Terry Mann says that the city manager is trying to be proactive with what could happen in Raleigh.
The city has 11 patrol officers, and two other positions are open. But Mann says that those vacant positions will be on hold for at least the next few weeks.
The decision to not fill the positions come after several recent shootings in the city, one which lead to the police chief in Bolton being shot in the leg.
We asked Mayor Mann, since so many citizens have safety concerns if council members could move money from another area and hire two additional police.
"We're trying to get by with what we got," he said. "Hopefully, things will quiet back down. I think things like this come in waves. Hopefully, we went through a bad wave here. With some conversations with the community and police department they need people to talk to them and give them names and stuff. I know people are a little skeptic about doing that. That's really the only way I think we can make headway in this."
Council members are gearing up for their first budget workshop.
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