Rep. Rogers wants replacement tax for JeffCo

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County continues to look for ways to solve its financial crisis and one lawmaker's solution is falling on deaf ears.

Wednesday, county commissioners presented lawmakers with the financial numbers of what will happen if the county cannot replace the $70 million lost from the occupational tax. The county is looking at layoffs and service cuts.

Birmingham Rep. John Rogers is opposed to a new tax and a sales tax, but he said a new larger business license tax can get the money the county needs to survive.

"We are going to find a way to do business license stuff to help them out," Rogers said. "They ought to pay money to do business in the county."

Commissioners say without a replacement tax, they will start making cuts much like two years ago, which saw employees sent home without pay and long lines at the courthouse.

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