JeffCo commission approves $200 million budget

Budget Impact: New Projects Approved

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Commission approved an almost $200 million budget for the next fiscal year.

Thursday’s approval is the first time since coming out of bankruptcy and having additional funding from a sales tax to do thing to attract people to come to the county.

The roads and transportation department are getting an additional $10 million. That money will go toward paving projects across the area.

The county now has additional funds to use for economic development projects. The commission has set aside $1 million to discretionary fund of community grants to help out financially strapped cities such as Brighton, Lipscomb and Fairfield.

“This will give us an additional tool to do that. If you have a house that needs to be demolished we can actually go in and help a municipalities do those things,” said Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens.

The building is expected to be finished by September of next year. Job applicants are expected to be taken in spring or summer of next year. Amazon expected to be up and running for the 2019 Christmas season.

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