New Jeffco budget includes return of employees

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County commissioners discussed a new budget on Wednesday, including when workers will come back on the job. This is possible good news for those who are out of a job and those people who conduct business at the counties satellite courthouses.

Jefferson County Commission President Bettye Fine Collins presented the county's 2010 budget Wednesday morning. The new budget, if approved, would bring back more than 700 employees and would re-open some of the satellite courthouses.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 totals 808 million dollars. That is down from 836 million for the current fiscal year. The Alabama Legislature passed a new occupational tax four weeks ago and Collins said this new budget includes revenue expected from the new tax.

We also learned today that the sheriff's budget has been cut by ten million dollars.

Commission President Collins says a vote on this proposed budget could happen early next week.