JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC)-
There's some good news in the Jefferson County financial mess. Court-appointed sewer received John Young agreed today to pay the county $10.6 million owed for services and legal costs. The money will help the county get through until Jan. 1, which replaces Dec. 1 as the new time frame for possible cuts to personnel or services.
In their meeting today, county commissioners also announced they will never reopen the satellite court houses. They plan to terminate three of the leases and sell the Centerpoint courthouse that is owned by the county. The termination of those leases and sale of the Centerpoint building will save the county an average of $500,000 per year and another $100,000 annually in utility costs.
Another county-owned building could also be sold. County manager Tony Petelos will look into the value of selling the county's 2121 building, located on 8th Avenue South.