More than 100 Mo. parks employees getting laid off - KMOV.com

More than 100 Mo. parks employees getting laid off

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- More than 100 employees are being laid off in Missouri's parks system because of declining tax revenues.

The Department of Natural Resources sent an e-mail Monday to employees informing them of the job reductions. The memo says the layoffs will occur throughout the state, from the central office down to individual parks.

Deputy director Bill Bryan said in the e-mail that revenues from the state's one-tenth of a cent sales tax for parks have not kept pace with rising operational costs.

The layoffs come as the Division of State Parks has been facing public scrutiny and an internal investigation for its failure to close some beaches despite water tests showing high bacteria levels.

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