BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale was told Wednesday his budget for the next fiscal year would be at least 15 percent lower, regardless of what happens with the county's occupational tax.
Hale spoke to FOX6 News after meeting with county leaders Wednesday afternoon for a scheduled 2010 budget hearing. Hale said the county leaders told him his budget beginning October 1 would be a minimum of 15 percent lower due to the downtown in the economy.
Hale said if revenue from the occupational tax is not restored before October 1, he was told his budget would be cut from its current level of $60 million to $31 million, a nearly 50 percent cut Hale said would be "devestating."
Hale said he could possibly live with a 15 percent budget cut, but would have to see what happens financially during the next few weeks.