No decision from county commission

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County commissioners did not decide Wednesday how they could expedite efforts to get county workers on administrative leave back on the job.

Some commissioners wanted a discussion Wednesday about taking out a bank loan to cover the cost of bringing back the 1,000 workers on leave, but that did not happen.

"Would you be willing to talk about a loan when you have been have been wiped out?" said Commission Bettye Fine Collins. "Our questions are the same as yesterday, how do you repay a loan?"

Tuesday, the Alabama Supreme Court agreed with a lower court's decision declaring the county's old occupational tax illegal. Collins said Wednesday the county's attorney was still studying the impact of that decision.

"It couldn't have happened at a worst time," Collins said. "We have to have a budget in place by October 1. We don't know what to do. We will have to wait and see what the attorney's advise."

Other commissioners were more optimistic.

"Where there is a will there is way," said Commissioner Bobby Humphryes.  "There is a lot of will to get these people back to work."

Lisa Pack, a county worker on administrative leave without pay, came to the Wednesday meeting hoping to hear some good news.

"I'm very disappointed they did not have any discussion about it all all," Pack said. "I think all of the employees are going to be discouraged too. We are ready to get back to work."