The Hamilton County Commission started its budget hearings this morning with constitutional offices, including the County Clerk, the Sheriff and the Sessions and Criminal Court judges.
The overall budgets for all the constitutional offices outside of county general government increased $1.2 million; last year's request for all offices was $49.1 million.
The biggest drops in the constitutional offices are a $182,803 cut to Juvenile Court operations and a $149,596 to the Election Commission. The requested operations budgets for each are $6.7 million for Juvenile Court and and $1.5 million for the Election Commission.
Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...