Editorial: Jefferson County financial crisis responses

The following remarks are replies to an editorial from WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, August 4, 2009.

Email from Carole - laid off Jeff Co employee

I am one of the many Jefferson County workers on unpaid administrative leave. I would love to be back at work, I certainly feel sorry for the taxpayers (customers) who have to stand in line and have no one to wait on them and I feel sorry for the few employees who have to wait on all of the taxpayers(customers). This unpaid leave is going to be a disaster for a lot of people. I do not know how some people will survive this financially.

I would like to know how five little people could have such power over so many people's lives. From now on out they need to be held to a high level of accountability. I have a cash box at work every dime in that box has to be accounted for. Why is the same not required of the County Commissioners? Every cent they spend should be accounted for. It is a shame and a disgrace that a huge county like Jefferson County should be in such a financial chaos.

Voicemail from Matt - Southside

The problem with Birmingham is simple. In a nutshell, it's revenue. And why isn't there revenue? People are getting out of Birmingham, out of Jefferson County. It is not a conducive place to live.....