Jeffco allowed to keep collecting occupational tax

By Alan Collins

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - It is good news for Jefferson County's financial hopes. The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled the county can continue to collect money from the occupational tax.   

Montgomery Circuit Judge Charles Price ruled the tax was unconstitutional because it was not properly advertized before lawmakers voted on it.   

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday the county can collect the tax but the money must be put into an escrow account pending appeal of Price's earlier decision. The Alabama Supreme Court wants to move on the case quickly and hear oral arguments in the case by mid-January.

The tax generates about $75 million for the county's budget.

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