Jefferson County Commission refuses to approve $3 million legal bill payment

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Commission refused to o.k. raising the legal cap of a Birmingham law firm to over $3 million.

Haskell-Slaughter submitted bills involving work with the occupational tax and sewer debt crisis.  Commissioners Tuesday refused to increase the cap.  There is concern that county commissioners could be held personally liable for the legal fees if they refuse to act.

Commission President Bettye Fine Collins says she supports the increase, but will not bring the resolution up for another vote.

Commissioners Shelia Smoot, Bobby Humphryes, and Jim Carns would not vote on the resolution, without more detailed information on the legal costs.