Jeffco Commission faces criticism over fighting tax lawsuits

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A judge has already declared Jefferson County's old occupational tax illegal and the commission has already passed a new one. So why does the Jeffco Commission keep fighting lawsuits surrounding the old tax? That is the criticism Commission President Bettye Fine Collins faces.

Judge David Rains has ordered the county to move several million dollars into an account in preparation for possible refunds. If Judge Rains rules the county should begin issuing refunds, the county may also have to pay interest on the money during its appeal.

"I will worry about that tomorrow but today I am convinced that we will be spared from that," says Bettye Fine Collins.

A decision from Judge Rains is expected in a few weeks.