Amid funding decrease, Jackson Co. is working to find an alternative

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JACKSON CO., Ala. (WHNT) -- The Jackson County Commission is working to find alternative methods of funding, amid a decrease in TVA in lieu of tax funds.

The commission battled a nearly two million dollar budget deficit for some time, but now that deficit is reduced substantially. That is because officials found ways to get rid of excess spending.

Now though, the county is seeing a decrease in TVA in lieu of tax funds. The funding is important to many entities in the county so, commissioners are working to find a way to come up with other funds to make up for the decrease.

Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says the county is looking at options and also talking with TVA officials.

"To see what can be done for Jackson County whether it be industrial, recreation or whatever other ways they could help us with, and they've brought a few things to the table," Hodges said.

Hodges can't elaborate on what specific options they're looking at for funding, but says they are doing so in a light that is best for the county's residents.

"We're looking to see whatever can be done as far as new sources of revenue we've got to talk with our legislature to see what the possibilities are," Hodges said.

Hodges says they did budget for a decrase in the TVA in lieu of taxes, but not to the extent that they saw.

The county uses the funds for entities like the county's schools.