BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (AP) - A Jefferson County commissioner says he
is taking a 20 percent pay cut to sacrifice in lean times like other county employees.
Bobby Humphryes says he wants to "do what is right" for the
county and its workers and has asked the paroll department to
reduce his salary starting July 1st. He says that will remain in
effect as long as reduced hours for county employees are in force.
Jefferson County is cutting its budget to make up for more than
$70 million lost when a judge threw out the occupational tax.
Recently the commissioners approved moving the county's hourly
workers to 32-hour work weeks, as one of those measures.
The county's legal advisers say it would be illegal to also cut the pay of salaried workers because then the county would have to give overtime pay retroactively for past years.