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Leighton needs more businesses, more revenue

City officials said they will overcome this shortfall and plan to build the city back up to where it once stood. City officials said they will overcome this shortfall and plan to build the city back up to where it once stood.
LEIGHTON, AL (WAFF) -

Leaders in Leighton are trying to figure out what to do to improve their cash flow.

Mayor Pro Tem Andre McGhaee said there are not enough businesses to bring in revenue for the city.

The town of Leighton has an estimated $1500 split for use between two accounts. That's well below any budget amount needed to run a small city.

McGhaee said the city owns everything they have and is not in debt to anyone.

Town officials say over the years they've seen a lot of businesses leave - some think it's because of the new Highway 20 being built, others think it's something else.

Whatever the reason, city officials said they will overcome this shortfall and plan to build the city back up to where it once stood.

"We must become more attractive, and it's going to take a collective effort with the city, the new administration, and the community. We have to become more attractive and draw in more revenue into the city, which at one time Leighton used to be a thriving place," said McGhaee. "We had over our share of resources."

One woman owns one of the only shops still open on Main Street.

"When we came here, every building was occupied; everyone had a business in it, plus restaurants and little cafes," said Ivanell Weaver.

Weaver owns The Flower Box in downtown Leighton.

She's been in business for 27 years.

"It's very hard. My business is still good," she said.

Through the years, Weaver has seen what was once a booming city turn into a near ghost town with only traffic passing through.

"I would love to have more businesses like a Dollar Store, a grocery store, different things, a good restaurant," she said.

Weaver and the rest of the town remain optimistic about the future.

"I'm hoping this new mayor that's coming in can get things turned around and our town can build back up," said Weaver.

"Hopefully, we are able to climb out of this small whole," said McGhaee. "I truly believe that the best is yet to come. It just takes a whole lot of unity to build a community."

The new administration is set to take office on Thursday.

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