Montgomery judge to decide on Jeffco job tax’s legality

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) – A hearing on Friday will wrap up arguments in the court case over the new Jefferson County occupational tax.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Charles Price was put in charge deciding if the tax is illegal or not after all Jefferson County judges recused themselves from the case.

The current tax that began in January is applied to workers' salaries in Jefferson County  at a rate of .45%. This tax includes doctors, lawyers and other professionals.

If Price rules against the new tax, Jefferson County would lose $70 million. It is expected that the county would be pushed back to closing courthouses and possibly making layoffs.

To show the impact of the financial crisis on Jefferson County, some FOX6 News reports were shown during the hearing.

A ruling in the case is expected later this year.

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