Jefferson County may be making refunds to businesses

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County may have to refund up to $600,000 dollars to various companies.
The county switched to a new business license fee on January 1st. The overlap period between the old and new tax led to some confusion over how much companies owed.
Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Carns says the new license fee is too complicated and may hit some businesses too hard. "It was a shock to them. It was a shock to me when saw the revenue formula," says Carns. "I was told it was revenue neutral. We still don't know if it was revenue neutral."

Revenue Director Travis Hulsey says the new business license is fairer because not everyone paid the old license.

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