Jackson Co. Commission Proposes Retirement Incentives To Help With Budget Issues

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JACKSON CO., Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission is proposing a new plan to help eliminate its budget deficit.

When the Commission first started the task of eliminating the deficit, it was nearly one million dollars. “We’re looking at several different options to trim our budget and one of the big things is a retirement incentive,” Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says.

He says their goal is to not fire any personnel to help bring down the deficit.

The current plan is to offer an incentive to those county employees who meet the criteria to retire earlier than normal. “That will free up a lot of spaces and we may move some people around, but the ultimate goal is to not fill positions,” Hodges says.

One of the other proposals was to increase the tag fee on vehicles and boats. That would help bring in money to the general fund.

That proposal didn’t make it past the legislature this year.

The Commission says bringing down the deficit is a tedious process. “We want to make sure we do it right, so that’s why it’s taken so long to do it, and we’ll continue to work hard and do it the best way we can,” Hodges says.

He says done properly, this proposal should help substantially.

Hodges says the Commission will also pursue the vehicle and boat tag fee increase next year.