Alabama Supreme Court to decide on occupational tax

By Alan Collins

MONTGOMERY (WBRC) - Jefferson County Commissioners said the Alabama Supreme Court will decide the future of the county's occupational tax.

Attorneys for taxpayers who filed the lawsuit contend the county failed to properly advertise the new occupational tax bill before the state legislature passed it in 2008.

Jefferson County attorneys told the state court when former Governor Bob Riley called a special session for the job tax, that was notice enough.

If the court refuses to reinstate the tax, Jefferson County stands to lose $70 million creating another financial crisis.

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb says the county will rule as soon as possible.

Commissioners met with county lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. Looking to the legislature for help will be the last resort if the court narrows the tax. Many in delegation say they opposed any new tax.

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