Sunday, August 2, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - As a government shutdown loomed, residents of Alabama's most populous county lined up Friday to renew their car registrations and settle their tax bills.
By Monday, at least a quarter of the county's 3,600 employees will be on unpaid leave and many county offices will be closed or cutting back hours.
The county, with 640,000 residents, has been on the brink of filing the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy for the past year due to a sewer bond fiasco that remains unresolved. Then things got worse: A judge ruled the county's occupational tax is illegal and courts refused to let the county spend the revenue from it while officials appeal.
I wonder why they just didn't cut wages 20% across the board and keep everythung going. Seeing as how all these employees, I am sure, are absolutely needed.
Whenever the Fed is shut down Congress closes the Washington Monument... Anything to cause discomfort and problems for the taxpayer.