Jeffco Commission reveals plan to shorten courthouse lines - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Jeffco Commission reveals plan to shorten courthouse lines

Jeffco leaders at the meeting. (Photo: Alan Collins) Jeffco leaders at the meeting. (Photo: Alan Collins)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Jefferson County Commissioners believe some of the long wait for car tags can be reduced by the end of summer or the fall. Jefferson County taxpayers still have to wait hours in line because of the county's financial troubles and new requirements for insurance coverage.

On Tuesday, county commissioners revealed plans to bring back another six employees for the revenue department to help cut the wait. Commissioners said the workers will have to be trained on the new software program that is expected to speed up the process.

"Our new software will speed up the lines and we employ six additional personnel. You should see a much faster queue through these lines," said Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens.

County Manager Tony Petelos said he hopes to have a software provider hired soon and then purchase new computers for the program. Petelos plans to use money left over from the sale of the county nursing home to pay for the workers and the new software and computers.

Commissioner Stephens said the county is still facing financial struggles.

"The citizens of Jefferson County need to have their lives improved. We need to reduce the lines down in revenue. We need to have our roads and infrastructure worked on and we need our sheriff's department improved," Stephens said.

Even after the workers are hired and the new computer setup is implemented, county commissioners admit they will need financial help from state lawmakers. Jefferson County Commissioners will not speculate when they will turn to the legislature for financial help, but many speculate it will not before the 2014 elections.

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