Jeffco Commission proposes courthouse closings, 4 day work weeks

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Commission is considering money saving measures to help the county through the lean times.

On Tuesday morning in committee, commissioners discussed closing all four satellite court houses and cutting the work week down to four days. A four-day work week will save the county $7 million this year and $21 million for a full year. Commissioner George Bowman asked to exempt Cooper Green Hospital and the county nursing home from the four-day work week. Bowman says it will cost more to go to outside contracts to make up the difference.

The plan for the Birmingham and Bessemer courthouses will be for them to remain open 5 days a week. Employees at those locations will be under the four-day work week, they will just have staggered schedules.

Commissioners are asking the Jefferson County delegation for homerule so they can raise local taxes other than the sales tax and try to make up for the loss of the occupational tax.

The commission plans to vote on the cost-saving proposals next week.

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