Budget cuts could include layoffs for city of Raymondville

RAYMONDVILLE — City officials are braced for budget cuts that could include layoffs.

Walmart’s decision to close Raymondville’s store will cut off one of the city’s biggest sources of sales tax revenue.

But officials have not determined the amount of tax revenue the store generates.

“There are going to have to be some cuts somewhere,” City Commissioner Clifton Smith said yesterday.

Mayor Gilbert Gonzales said officials do not know if cuts in sales tax revenue could force employee layoffs.

“I’m praying not,” Gonzales said. “It all depends on how it’s going to impact.”

Last year, commissioners cut deep into their budget after the closure of the 3,000-bed WillacyCountyCorrectionalCenter slashed about $600,000 in water sales.

“We already pretty much cut to the brim,” Gonzales said of last year’s budget cuts.

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