GRANTS, N.M. — The Cibola County Board of Commissioners has voted to lay off a handful of county employees and take other belt-tightening steps to address a $440,000 budget shortfall.

The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1jl8YBA ) County Manager Tony Boyd recommended the reduction in force along with biweekly furloughs for employees before submitting his resignation Thursday night.

County Finance Director Joseph Sanders says five layoffs and one retirement make up about half of the budget hole. He says the furloughs have to make up the difference.