Supreme court again denies Jefferson County appeal

By WBRC staff

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday again denied to overturn a judge's ruling on the county's occupational tax.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon, the court refused to reconsider its ruling last month where the court upheld the January ruling by DeKalb County Judge David Rains declaring Jefferson County's occupational tax unconstitutional.

Friday's ruling now allows Judge Rains to consider a motion filed two weeks ago by Jefferson County, asking him to release money collected this year under the old occupational tax.  The Alabama Legislature last month passed a new law allowing Jefferson County to use the money, but the county could not use it because Judge Rains had put a restraining order on the money.  Judge Rains could not make a ruling on the motion at the time because the case was still under appeal with the Alabama Supreme Court.