State inmates built and installed new cabinetry at the Chilton County tag office.

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Chilton County tag office gets facelift

Published 4:11pm Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Chilton County tag office has received a facelift.

Over the past few months, the office, which is part of the county tax dollector’s department, has seen its windows tinted, new cabinetry installed and its landscaping improved.

The window tinting project was first and was completed several months ago. Tax Collector Tim Little told the Chilton County Commission that tinted windows would make the office more comfortable for its six employees and help control the temperature.

Next came the remodeling. A state inmate program was used to install new cabinets and desks throughout the office.

“I was extremely impressed with it,” Commissioner Allen Caton said. “What you see in there was somewhere around $8,000. If we had contracted that out, you’re talking double that amount at least.”

The crew still has some touching up to do, including painting the wood paneling on the walls. Caton said the work should be done in the next couple of weeks.

Also, some landscaping work has been done around the outside of the tag office.

Some projects still remain as the building transitions away from its original use, as the home of First Federal Savings and Loans bank.

New printers have been purchased for about $3,000. They must be installed.

Caton said a leaky roof will also have to be replaced at some point.

“There’s still some more work to be done, but we’re going to have to wait until another budget year,” Caton said.

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