JeffCo considers job cuts, lower salaries if tax appeal fails

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Commission said it may need to cut jobs and salaries if it loses an appeal of its occupational tax.

The county commission talked about the cuts Tuesday morning during its weekly meeting. Commissioners also said they planned to vote next week to suspend merit pay raises for all Jefferson County employees for the rest of this current fiscal year.  

They said suspending the raises would save the county about $800,000 for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends September 30.

Late last year, the county's occupational tax was declared unconstitutional.  The county has appealed the ruling to the Alabama Supreme Court, which could hear oral arguments in the case later this month.

If the appeal fails, commissioners said job cuts and salary reductions would likely be needed to balance the budget.  They also said they intend on meeting with state lawmakers about the need for a new job tax.

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