Alabama’s burning

Guard troops may be needed in troubled Ala. county – Yahoo! News.

Circuit Judge Joseph L. Boohaker ruled that leaders in Jefferson County — now trying to head off a municipal bankruptcy filing of historic proportions — could go ahead with plans to slash $4.1 million from the budget of Sheriff Mike Hale, who had filed a lawsuit that temporarily blocked spending cuts for his office.

About 1,000 county workers already are on unpaid leave because courts threw out a key county tax, and Hale has warned that reductions to his budget would mean fewer patrols by deputies and decreased courthouse security.

A spokesman for Hale, Randy Christian, said the sheriff told Gov. Bob Riley after the ruling that state assistance may be needed to perform basic law enforcement tasks once the department’s current funding is exhausted in early September.

“We will certainly be looking at calling in the National Guard,” said Christian.

Hale may have to cut as many as 188 deputies and almost 300 civilian workers out of more than 700 employees total because of Boohaker’s ruling, Christian said. That would leave just enough workers to staff the county’s two jails, which hold about 1,000 prisoners on average.

Yes yes it’s only a County in Alabama but the fact that the cuts they are having to make are going to leave the county with only ‘just enough workers’ to staff two jails is surely a bad sign…especially when other places are also facing such pressures…

Let’s see how happy Americans are to have the Federal government spending their taxes on trashing perfectly good cars while those responsible for day-to-day operations, like policing the neighbourhood, run out of money to function.

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