Some county residents hopeful over new tax

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County employees and residents can finally breathe a sign of relief.

Governor Bob Riley on Friday signed a new occupational tax bill into law to rescue the county from its financial crisis.

News of the bill's passage spread quickly Friday afternoon to people who were waiting in line up to five hours to get car tags at the downtown Birmingham courthouse.

Many voiced their frustrations with the whole ordeal, but said they were hopeful long waits will be a thing of the past.

"A three, four or five hour wait to get new tags is ridiculous," said Samantha Bromfield.

Other residents said they hope this news will help restore order and jobs in the county.

"I hope they do the right thing with the money," said Jefferson County resident Laura Perkins, "I hope they reopen satellite courthouses
and give people their jobs back."

"For people who work hard and pay taxes they should not have to wait four hours in line for common public services," said Allie Baumgartner,"It's encouraging news, glad to hear it, lets get public servants back to work."

Jefferson County Commission President Bettye Fine Collins said it is still too early to tell when money from the occupational tax bill
will start showing up in the county, but she hopes it will happen quickly.