Jeffco Commission to appeal occupational tax ruling

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – The Jefferson County Commission has decided to appeal the ruling against the current occupational tax.

On Tuesday morning, the commission authorized the county attorney to appeal the ruling made by Montgomery Charles Price that said the tax was unconstitutional due to it not being properly advertised. The appeal will go to the Alabama Supreme Court.

It is expected that the loss of the tax would cost Jefferson County $75 million in revenue. The loss of the tax last year put Jefferson County into a financial crisis. Current President David Carrington says he cannot assure that the crisis will not return.

"I don't make that assurance. I can assure the public there won't be across the board cuts. We got to identify what is required and what is nice. What is nice and what's needed," said Carrington on Tuesday.

A motion has also been filed to Judge Price asking if the county can continue to spend the money until after the appeal process is completed.

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