BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Without Jefferson County employees on the job, Wednesday was another long day of lines at the Jefferson County Courthouse. "I hate the fact we have to stay so long but can't really help change it. Not right now anyway." says Omar Pearson.
Commission President Bettye Fine Collins says the lines will go away with a new proposed budget for 2010."I feel comfortable in saying we are making a lot of progress of bringing this county back in providing full service to citizens." says Collins.
The county is proposing a $808 million budget which is $28 million less than this year's. Commissioner Shelia Smoot says smaller is better."I think it was about time. I think it's where Jefferson County should have been all along. It's a good day when we pass that budget next week. It's where Jefferson County needs to be all along for some years now." says Smoot.