Jefferson County's money woes are causing a difficult time for some county taxpayers. It may be October but some people were waiting in long lines at the courthouse looking to renew their tags for last month.
"They do need to straighten it out. I waited out in the rain. The cold rain," Britney Tolbert said.
It turns out September is the biggest month for car tag renewals. Revenue Director Travis Hulsey says they can not get the renewals out in time for those who paid on time.
"Because of the backlog and the volume of we received in recent weeks and our short staffing, we are behind in the schedule of getting them processed and out to the taxpayers," Hulsey said.
Hulsey says there are thousands of people not getting their tag renewals. The revenue director is appealing to area law enforcement for help.
"We have solicited help from the sheriff and city of Birmingham Police Department to help us in this regard and the taxpayer not to issue tickets in the next ten days," Hulsey said.
Since the county closed all but one satellite courthouse, there has been a big increase in those using mail and online services. Tolbert is just glad the county is helping keep taxpayers from getting tickets.
"I'm glad they are not going to giving a ticket. Mine was due in September. Now I'm down here in October and I'm just now getting down here to get it," Tolbert said.
Drivers are advised to carry their receipts just in case.
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