BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
Fight continues over funding for Sheriff's department
The Alabama Supreme Court has ended Sheriff Mike Hale's injunction that prevented the commission from cutting the Sheriff's budget, but the ruling was based on a technicality and Sheriff Hale can renew his request starting Friday morning. The case will go before Judge Joseph Boohaker on Friday morning, and he says he wants to make a decision before Tuesday. That is the day the county commission is scheduled to vote on more budget cuts, including laying off more than 200 employees.
City of Hoover may cut funding for schools
The Hoover School Board says it is not giving up on keeping its funding from the city. Mayor Tony Petelos revealed a budget plan that called for cutting all city funding for the schools. Now, board members are trying to negotiate a way to get some, or all, of the $7 million the mayor's budget plan would cut. Board members say that even if the city cuts the funding, they may be able to dip into reserves to cover the gap, but they are concerned about what kind of precedent this could set. The Hoover City Council will vote on the budget sometime next month.
Bell says there are no plans to close Cooper Green
Jefferson County Commissioner William Bell says that there are no plans to shut down Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, despite the county's money problems. Bell spoke to hospital employees on Thursday. The commissioner did ask for a contingency plan in case they were forced to shut down the facility, however, all county agencies were asked to provide such a document.
Hyatt Place part of new downtown development