Jefferson County departments want more money

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It's budget time again for Jefferson County, and some county departments are hoping for a more money than what they have in the current budget.

Monday, Jefferson County Commissioners began budget hearings. Commission President Bettye Fine Collins said requests are coming in far above expected tax collections.

"We have to cut back," Collins said. "We have $146 million in requests than we project in revenue. We have a major job ahead. It won't be pleasant. I told them in there to get their crying towels out."

Jefferson County Tax Collector J.T Smallwood is requesting additional funding for replacing outdated computers and a copier.

"We are going to be optimistic funding will be in place this year," Smallwood said. "That there won't be any major funding cuts to the various offices the citizens of Jefferson County depends on."

Smallwood said if he has to cut his office like last year it will be more difficult to get tax collections.

Collins says the county will work on two budgets for each department: one that includes the latest occupational tax and one without.

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