Jeffco re-opens Gardendale and Foresdale courthouses

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Monday is a good day for people who need to conduct business with Jefferson County who live in Gardendale and Forestdale. Both of those satellite courthouses will re-open Monday morning at 8:00 a.m.

These satellite offices were closed in August when the county effectively ran out of money and placed about 1000 workers on unpaid leave.  Last month, workers were called back to work and the Homewood and Center Point satellite courthouses were opened back up.

The county's interim finance director says the Gardendale and Forestdale offices will open but staffing will be limited. There will only be a crew of eight clerks and one person manning the drive through window.

Also this week, a big vote will be made by the Jefferson County Commission.  On Tuesday, county commissioners are expected to vote on a new occupational tax. The tax will would cover professionals such as lawyers and doctors for the very first time.  That tax could raise an estimated $72-million.