Occupational tax bill on shaky ground

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Key lawmakers say the deal worked out to solve Jefferson County's occupational tax crisis is fragile.  This comes the evening before they head to Montgomery to begin a special session called by Governor Riley.

Jefferson County lawmakers hammered out a compromise last week that would impose a .45 percent  tax on everyone who works in the county, including professionals.  The tax would then be put to a vote in a 2012 referendum, and phase out the tax in five years if it is defeated.

Senate President pro tem Roger Smitherman is said to be considering trying to change that part of the bill to reduce but not remove the tax if it is voted down.

Republican state senator, Steve French, says that is a dealbreaker.  He told Fox6 today he would try to kill the session if any part of the accountability bill was changed or taken out.

The special session begins tomorrow evening at six in Montgomery.