Jefferson County tax assessor sues county commission

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The tax assessor of Jefferson County filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon against the county commission, seeking to stop budget cuts planned for his department.

Dan Weinrib, tax assessor of Jefferson County, filed the lawsuit Friday afternoon against the Jefferson County Commission, asking a judge to immediately issue a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from cutting his department's budget and stop any budget cuts to his office.

The lawsuit was filed hours before nearly 67 percent of the county's work force was set to be put on administrative leave without pay as part of the county commission's efforts to balance its budget without the occupational tax. The tax was ruled illegal by a judge earlier this year.

Weinrib told FOX6 News cuts to his office would be a "detriment" for bringing revenue into the county. He added his office is funded by property tax funds, not the illegal occupational tax funds.