Budget cuts in Smithville are leaving some city workers unemployed and residents with less police protection.
The city laid off three of the city's four police officers. Only the chief remains on the job.
Mayor Jerry Myrick says the layoffs come because the city isn't getting as much sales tax revenue from the county.
He says in his 10-years as mayor, he's never had to lay off a city worker but he feels there is nothing else that can be done.
"We going to be at a disadvantage. Cause people going to feel they can do what they want to do around here. But what other choice we got. You can't keep people if you can't pay them," said Mayor Jerry Myrick.