Jefferson County tax bill goes to Senate for vote

A bill to levy a .45 percent occupational tax to rescue Alabama's most populous county from
financial turmoil cleared a skeptical Senate committee and is one step from final passage.

The bill would replace an old occupational tax that was ruled unconstitutional by courts. The bill will come up for final passage in the Senate Friday on what could be the final day of a special
called by Governor Bob Riley to solve the financial crisis in Jefferson County.

Adoption of the tax will allow the county to spend $23 million in tax revenue that was frozen by the court rulings. That means about 1,000 laid off county employees may be able to go back to

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