Editorial: Phasing out the occupational tax - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Editorial: Phasing out the occupational tax

So... Jefferson County government has been thrown a lifeline with the infusion of cash that will come from the passage of the occupational tax bill. Certainly, it will get people back to work and reduce the lines at government offices...eventually.

But, it will only be a band aid unless big changes are made in the way county government is managed. What happens when the tax goes away and, most certainly, it will be phased out yet again in 2012?

What are your expectations of the Commission going forward? How should they spend your tax dollars to prevent the next monetary crisis? Do you care enough to let them know what you expect of them?

To the Commission... What are you going to do differently, besides finding new ways to tax the citizens of Jefferson County, to avoid another financial crisis in 2012?

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