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Jefferson Co. manager considers closing courthouse early to reduce overtime

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Taxpayers waiting in line to pay their car tag renewals. Source: WBRC video Taxpayers waiting in line to pay their car tag renewals. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos is considering closing the courthouse doors at 4 p.m. as a way to cut over time for county workers.

For the last few years Jefferson County taxpayers have had to wait hours in line to renew their car tags. Thursday one taxpayer admitted she still doesn't like being forced to come downtown.

"One of our new unruly officers gave my a ticket at a stop sign because I could not get mine online," Pamela Huck said.

There are fewer Jefferson County workers in the revenue department to handle the work load. This has lead to long hours finishing up a day's work.

"We've had some staff stay as late as eight o'clock and the time they close the books out there is a lot of overtime," Petelos said.

Petelos said he is considering closing the doors at 4 p.m. and taking care of all of those still in line. Some taxpayers don't like it.

"We are taxpayers and we pay taxes. I feel like we here need to leave the time alone or extend it," Phyllis Reed said.

Some Jefferson County Commissioners also question the need to close the doors an hour early. "What we need to do is engage more and more people. Reduce these lines and possibly open another courthouse," Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens said.

Petelos is really hoping the other options work cause he too doesn't want to close the door at 4 p.m.

Petelos said he hopes to convince a federal judge handling the consent decree case over county hiring to allow him to hire more workers for the revenue department and to bring in new computer software to speed up the renewal process.

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