(The Jefferson County Commission decided to close in patient services at Cooper Green Hospital . This post is about the awful government structure that created this kind of problem in the first place)
The headlines of the Birmingham New on August 11, 2012 screamed “City sues over Cooper Green.”
But here’s what the headline really says..
City of Birmingham sues Jefferson County
We’re suing ourselves.
And to take it a step further, David Carrington, President of the Jefferson County Commission, is quoted, “This case cannot proceed in the state court because it is subject to the automatic stay that arose when the county filed its bankruptcy petition.”
Of course, the reason Jefferson County bankrupted was because the State Legislature would not allow Jefferson County to have the funding it needed.
So our City sues our County, but is stopped because the County doesn’t have any money because it doesn’t have the authority to run itself.
You can’t make this stuff up.
When is the last time you heard about…
- Jacksonville Florida suing Duvall County?
- Nashville Tennessee suing Davidson County?
- Louisville Kentucky suing Jefferson County?
You haven’t because they are one in the same.
And when is the last time you heard that one of these counties didn’t have the authority to run itself?
Never–because counties in Florida,Tennessee, and Kentucky are not controlled by their state legislatures.
Think about this…
- We pay huge incentives to entice businesses to move from one city to another within our region
- We go to Washington and Montgomery with competing agendas
- And we sue each other
No wonder we’re not competitive.
We’re a bunch of goof balls for not fixing our government structure.
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David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Relationship Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).