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Tue August 4, 2009
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Jefferson County Commission Meets to Discuss Budget Crisis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) The Jefferson County Commission meets today as a financial crisis enters its second day with more than one-fourth of the county's work force off the job.

Commissioners have furloughed nearly 1,000 of the county's 3,600 workers due to plunging revenue after a county occupational tax was ruled illegal.

The county's legislative delegation is also meeting Tuesday to consider a new tax to end the crisis. No bill was agreed on when the legislature met earlier this year.