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Alabama County shuts down all operations

 
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Alabama County shuts down all operations
It was reported it was going to happen,

news says it has .



Alabama County Set to Halt Services,
Shut Buildings Over Budget


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Source: Bloomberg

June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Alabama’s most populous county is preparing to stop road maintenance, close courthouses and shutter services for the elderly after a court struck down taxes that pay for about 35 percent of its budget.

Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham, released a plan to cut $52 million from its budget as it appeals the ruling against its business and occupational taxes to the Alabama Supreme Court. Without that revenue, the county has said it is at risk of running out of money as soon as this month.

The loss of the tax money was another blow to a county that has been struggling to avoid bankruptcy since last year, when Wall Street’s financial crisis caused its interest bills to soar on more than $3 billion of bonds.

The proposed cuts, released today by county Commission President Bettye Fine Collins, would slash deeply into the government’s services and also include closing a nursing home for the indigent, declaring a moratorium on enforcing zoning and littering laws, and scrapping local development contracts.


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middle Americans pushed into proletariat
that is comminisms PLAN

communism NEEDS a huge proletariat
to make revolution.




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Re: Alabama County shuts down all operations
Wow and A city near me can't afford to fly the American Flag anymore.
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Re: Alabama County shuts down all operations
They are laying off 75% of their employees, not shutting down all operations. Their government isn't very smart because in the article I read they saw this coming for a decade. The legislature repealed a tax and gave them a ten year warning, which they apparently ignored.
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Re: Alabama County shuts down all operations
Jeffco courts, Birmingham elections may be in jeopardy

Posted: Jul 23, 2009 12:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 23, 2009 12:03 PM EDT


BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County's financial crisis could force county courts to shut down in two weeks, according to commission president Bettye Fine Collins.

Collins, in a Thursday meeting, said the county may not have enough security to operate the courts safely, because the county may put up to 67% of the workforce on administrative leave.

Collins also said the county may not be able to get voting machines ready for Birmingham's muncipal elections in August. The commission president says after Friday's payroll, the county will only have 2 million dollars left in the payroll account.

A meeting between Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale and the commission will take place Thursday afternoon at 1:30 before Judge Joseph Boohaker. The judge ordered both sides to come to the meeting table and work out an operational plan, after the judge sided with Sheriff Hale, saying the county should not have cut his budget.

All of this troubling financial news is because the county's 0.5% occupational tax was ruled illegal. Governor Bob Riley has agreed to call a special session to help the county pass a new tax, but only if legislators come to an agreement first.

FOX6 News will have more on today's developing news from Jefferson County tonight on our newscasts at 5:00 and 6:00.

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