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Jefferson County Government Faces Bankruptcy

Birmingham,Alabama –
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Alabama's most populous
county are trying to figure their way out of a worsening financial
mess.
Members of the Jefferson County Commission are scheduled to meet
behind closed doors Tuesday in Birmingham to discuss alternatives
to a court ruling that's caused a major revenue crunch. The problem
comes with the county already trying to avoid bankruptcy because of
a debt crisis.
After years of litigation, a judge has barred the county from
spending revenues from an occupational tax that provides one-fourth
of the county's operating budget.
Drastic cuts are possible; commissioners already have outlined
some $52 million in reductions. Officials say a vote could come
next week on possible cutbacks.

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