JeffCo commissioner to receive additional office funding, despite cash crisis

Jefferson County, Ala. Seal

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman has requested tens of thousands of additional dollars for his office budget.

On Wednesday, the motion passed the county’s committee meetings.

“We have added additional funding for many different offices to keep the county going,” Bowman said.

However, until now additional funding has not been given to commission offices. In fact, the four other commissioners have  downsized. Each now has just two employees, down from three. Bowman’s staff still consist of three.

“He’s going to run out of funds to continue to fund his staff at former levels,” Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight said.

The vote on the matter was 3-2. Commissioners Knight and Stephens voted against the measure.

The move comes as the county struggles with billions in debt and the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history. Some question why Bowman will receive additional funding while other offices have cut services and laid people off.

“This will get us to the end of the year,” Bowman continued.

Bowman says he attempted to cut his office budget by slashing other costs. He hoped to avoid staff changes however assures commissioners he will be within budget when the next fiscal year rolls around.

The commission votes on the matter Thursday.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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