Jeffco commissioners to meet with lawmakers over tax loss

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County commissioners are looking for help from lawmakers.
On Tuesday, some Jefferson County Commissioners are planning to go to Montgomery to meet with lawmakers about a new source of revenue.

Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld a judge's decision to strike down the Jefferson County occupational tax. This leaves the county short $70 million in income.

On Monday, commissioners discovered that the loss of the occupational tax may make for more of the budget than previously believed. Originally, the tax was thought to bring in around 33% of the budget. New figures found by the commission say the actual amount could be around 44%. Commissioners have begun pulling thousands of items off of their agenda and delaying spending due to the new crisis.

The commission is also planning an executive session after the meeting to discuss the situation with their attorneys.

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