Jeffco Commission preparing for lean 2011

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County leaders are preparing for another lean year. The county commission is trying to keep the books balanced in 2011 without cutting jobs or cutting services.

Once again, Jefferson County faces the loss of the occupational tax that could lead to a $75 million hole in the county budget.

The extra emphasis on county revenues has commissioners reviewing all of the departmental budgets.  Commissioners think they have found up to $25 million in cost savings.  That includes not filling positions and reorganizing some other departments.

"We are going to be good stewards of money," said Commissioner David Carrington. "Like all of us in our individual households have to be good stewards and decide what's needed and what's nice. These are tough times."

Jefferson County commissioners plan to hold budget hearings for every county department starting in January.

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