Jefferson County reaches agreement to avoid bankruptcy

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

by Slade Blackwell Trussville Tribune September 17, 2011 The Jefferson County Commission voted 4-1 Friday to support an agreement with sewer creditors that will allow the county to avoid the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. The agreement resolves the sewer issue, but the loss of more than $70 million in occupational tax revenue still looms ahead and could ...

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Sewer crisis, general fund two separate issues

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

by Slade Blackwell Trussville Tribune September 8, 2011 The Jefferson County Commission and creditors are still negotiating to come up with a settlement for the county’s $3.2 million sewer debt. With the loss of the occupational tax, the county’s general fund stands to lose about $73 million per year. Gov. Robert Bentley has already stated that once a settlement ...

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Area leaders speak at Trussville chamber luncheon

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

  Written by Gary Lloyd   Thursday, 01 September 2011 Local, county and state leaders spoke for about 10 minutes each Tuesday at the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce’s legislative breakfast. Rep. Arthur Payne said that in order to have a more effective government, leaders should “involved the people.” He said he believes Chapter 9 bankruptcy is the answer to ...

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Complacency Not an Option for Jefferson County

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

  by Slade Blackwell Trussville Tribune August 17, 2011 By now we are all fatigued by the ongoing sewer debt crisis in Jefferson County. However, we must not become complacent on this issue. This is the county where we live and work and where our children and grandchildren go to school. We must stand behind Jefferson County and do ...

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Independent sewer authority could be county’s answer to debt

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

by Slade Blackwell Trussville Tribune August 3, 2011  Jefferson County is on the brink of solving the sewer crisis that has plagued our county for far too long. A solution will set the future for Jefferson County and ultimately affect the county’s ability to attract new businesses or borrow money in the future for capital improvement projects. If ...

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Blackwell: Good legislation passed this year

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

Written by Slade Blackwell Thursday, 21 July 2011 From the Statehouse As a freshman State Senator, I really didn’t know how intense serving in the Legislature could get. Shortly after the election last year, Gov. Riley called us into a special session to address ethics reform in state government. Not long after the New Year, the 2011 regular ...

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Recap of bills passed to support, protect Alabamians

Jul 18, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

Trussville Triubne July 7, 2011 By Slade Blackwell Over the Fourth of July holiday, I began thinking about the basis of democracy in the United States. We are lucky as Americans to live in a democracy where the people have the opportunity to elect who they believe will best represent them and their interests. As state legislators, it ...

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Successful 2011 Legislative Session Comes To Close

Jul 18, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

The 2011 Legislative session will wrap on Thursday after a successful three months. I am pleased with the way the legislature worked together to accomplish what we set out to do before the session started, despite the challenges we had to face. We have made great strides during this session and I hope it is ...

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Blackwell, Knight meeting draws a full house

May 24, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

The Trussville Tribune Written by Scott Buttram    Thursday, 19 May 2011 A community meeting hosted by Sen. Slade Blackwell drew several dozen residents who also heard from Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight concerning a variety of topics.  After welcoming the crowd, Blackwell turned the floor over to Knight for an update on the storm recovery in Jefferson County. ...

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Halfway Through the First Legislative Session

May 24, 2011 No Comments ›› Admin

The Trussville Tribune Written by Slade Blackwell    Wednesday, 27 April 2011 We are almost at the halfway point of the first session with the Republican’s in control of both the House and Senate in the state Legislature. It has been a very productive session already and I look forward to more great progress down the road. As ...

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