Jeff Co. legislators hope for fix

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two key Jefferson County legislators say they are optimistic lawmakers will approve a package of bills that will restore government jobs and services in Alabama's most populous county.

Gov. Bob Riley has called legislators to Montgomery for a special session beginning at 6 p.m. Monday to resolve a financial crisis caused by court rulings that struck down an occupational tax. That tax provides about one-fourth of the county's annual budget.

The chairman of the Jefferson County delegation in the House, Democratic Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham, says he believes lawmakers will stick to commitments made earlier and approve the new tax. Republican Sen. Steve French of Birmingham said he is optimistic that bills to hire a new county manager and comptroller will also pass this week.

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