Shelia Smoot to carry over resolution to bar refund recollection

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot has decided to hold back introducing a new resolution to bar the county from recollecting occupational tax refunds from Jefferson County workers.

The refund money, estimated around $37.8 million, are from Jefferson County workers who paid the occupational tax before it was declared illegal. The county was ordered to refund the money, but a Supreme Court ruling allows for the county to recollect the money.

Commissioner Smoot says she feels recollecting the money would be unfair. Her fellow commissioners say they would like to look into legal options before making the final decision on recollecting the refund.

Smoot has agree to hold off on the resolution for two weeks.

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