(WBIR-Jellico) The city of Jellico continues to work out its budget woes, even though the situation has not improved.
It was announced during its council meeting that the IRS has a lien on the town, over more than $161,000 in missing payroll taxes in the last quarter of 2011. Last week, 10News reported the town accidental deleted property tax from the budget.
Mayor Les Stiers said the town is now more than $400,000 in the red, prompting an eye from the state comptroller's office to examine where revenue comes from in city government.
"(We want to) come to some sort of solution, and maybe generate revenue. We have to generate revenue," said Mayor Stiers. "We're on our back right now."
The city's six aldermen gave a number of ideas to fix the problem: from four day work weeks to selling off land from the Jellico Community Hospital. All ideas will be discussed in an upcoming work session, but wants answers now.
"I think we can balance the budget, and I think we can do it without a tax increase, contrary to popular belief, I think we can," said member Alvin Evans.
The board will begin meeting next week to discuss how to alleviate the budget.