Jackson County finds short-term fix for some budget cuts

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- A short-term fix to some of Jackson County's budget issues is in place.

The county's decreasing funding prompted the county commission to pass a budget with some heavy cuts in September. The most recent budget eliminated the county's substantial budget deficit, but it also included many cuts -- from closing the courthouse one day a week, to cutting employee hours.

Now, though, there's a change.

Jackson County Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges says it started with discussion in pursuit of a long-term goal.  "In that process, we came up with a short-term solution that can take care of the employees for this year," Hodges explains.

Monday afternoon the Jackson County Discretionary Committee voted to allot some of the TVA in lieu of taxes -- which are funds that stem from TVA properties in the county -- to the Jackson County General Fund.

"The short-term solution will basically put the employees back to 40 hours through the remainder of the year to September 30th, the remainder of the Fiscal Year," Hodges says.

Other cuts like appropriations remain the same.

Hodges says this is a step toward finding a long-term solution. "If we don't have a long-term solution in place, we're back in the same boat, or actually an even worse boat by next year," Hodges explains.

Hodges says they're appreciate of the partnership that provided this solution and are working toward ideas for a permanent fix.

Commissioners say the employee hours will most likely go back to 40 hours a week toward the end of the month and the courthouse will resume five-day operations at that time as well.