MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A budget deficit at Garrett Coliseum has forced the layoff of all seven of the Coliseum's employees according to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
Brett Hall, Deputy Commissioner for the department says they are working on a plan but as of right now, the employees' last day will be July 31.
"The legislature gave us a $250,000 budget to operate off of next year," explained Hall. "Expenses will far exceed that, actually by two and a half times that amount. You can see that the economics of it weren't going to work too well."
Hall went on to say that the facility was going to run out of money soon after the October 2011 start of the fiscal year. The department believes the historical facility, which has fallen on hard times, will still be open for the Alabama National Fair and the Rodeo.
Two of the seven workers losing their jobs are planning on retiring, and at least one of them will be re-hired within the department.
Hall says the department is working together with local leaders including Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to find a solution. They hope to have a plan ready in the "next couple of weeks."