Judge orders payments in occupational tax lawsuit

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County workers who earn an average of $30,000 annually will be get about $34 in a refund from the county's occupational tax.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Charles Price issued an order late Tuesday. Price ordered that out of the more than $19 million in an escrow account, three lawyers who filed and won the lawsuit will split more than $6 million. The two plaintiffs who challenged the job tax will get about $7,500 each.

Judge Price struck down the tax after ruling the Alabama legislature illegally passed the tax. The loss of the occupational tax created a hole in the county's operation budget of more than $70 million and forced commissioners to shut down satellite courthouses and cut hourly employees back to a 32 hour work week.

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