Macon County Faces Financial Challenges

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By Tamika Bickham

Almost two years after Victoryland closed, Macon County officials say they are facing the most difficult financial challenges they've ever seen.

Since Victoryland closed, Macon County is no longer bringing in revenue from their property taxes.

According to County Commission Chairman Louis Maxwell, they've lost three-million dollars in revenue over the last two years. Maxwell says half of the revenue from Victoryland's property tax went to their schools and about 48 percent went to their general fund.

He says they are now forced to get a loan to pay the bills and may have to consider layoffs.

"We are going to do some more cutting. I don't know at this point specifically, what those cuts will entail, but we will be developing specific recommendations for the commission to consider. There's nothing off the table right now in terms of cuts," said Chairman Maxwell.

He says they remain optimistic that Victoryland will reopen and operate legally, but he doesn't know when that will happen.

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