Jefferson County leaders tour federal projects Friday

Housing and Urban Development personnel and Jefferson County Commissioners toured parts of the county Friday to see where tax dollars are being spent, and county leaders said the federal dollars are filling gaps the financially-strapped county can't fill.{}

"It's been a very difficult and daunting task to improve the quality of life with no money," said Commissioner Jimmie Stephens. "But through our Community and Economic Development and HUD, we've been able to positively improve the lives of citizens."

They stopped to tour a Fairfield senior center expansion, a Brighton fire station, Pleasant Grove housing developments, an Adamsville senior center, an Irondale senior citizens center, and more federally-funded projects.{}