Jackson County Commission temporarily funds the Circuit Clerk

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - The Jackson County Circuit Clerk is usually funded by the TVA's in lieu of tax payments, which is apart of TVA's gross profits.  Over the years, that money continues to decrease, it's decided to cut those dollars that go to the circuit clerk.

With that being done, the responsibility ultimately fell on the Jackson County Commission to fund them instead.

"We can't take on that responsibility in total. We believe that's the state's responsibility to fund that office," says Matthew Hodges, Commission Chair.  "That noted we know that office serves the citizens of Jackson County."

The Jackson County Commission will temporarily fund those positions in the circuit clerk's office until the end of the year using funds out of savings.

"I'm concerned a little bit about spending those dollars, but that's why we kept those dollars there for when we got to this point," says Hodges.

Matthew Hodges says this can't be a permanent solution.  Jackson County had already turned in a deficit budget for the year and they cannot continue to use savings.

"That cash that's on hand is whats being used to fund the circuit court's office. It's what being used to cover this deficit this year. Once those dollars are gone it's no getting it back."

Hodges says this is a state responsibility, and they've been working with state officials to come up with a better and permanent solution.

"We just continue to work with them. Continue to call on them and meet with them and discuss what the options are. Something will have to be done."