Jeffco Commissioners frustrated over budget concerns

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Commission exchanged heated words over next year's fiscal budget on Wednesday at a finance committee meeting.

Two different budget plans are being considered. One budget tops out at $815 million and includes money from the occupational tax. The second budget comes to $638.6 million and excludes the occupational tax money.

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale attended the budget meeting. Hale is asking for $4.6 million to reopen the Bessemer Jail and to hire 80 new deputies to run it.

Commissioners balked at Commission President Bettye Fine Collins as she urged them to pass the budget including the money for Sheriff Hale. Commissioners Humphryes, Smoot and Carns all said they needed more time to study the plan.

The Commission has rescheduled the finance meeting for Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to return to the Hale budget and other spending plans.

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