The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the 2009 Jefferson County occupational tax law was unconstitutional. The Court ruled that the legislative act establishing the law was passed in violation of notice requirements and therefore unconstitutional. The High Court affirmed a ruling by Judge Charles Price, a highly-qualified and experienced judge from Montgomery, that public notices about the 2009 tax bill did not meet the requirements of Section 106 of the state constitution. The county had appealed to the Supreme Court.
Following the ruling, county commissioners said they will go to the Alabama Legislature for help. However, most members of the county’s legislative delegation have said they are not inclined to pass a replacement occupational tax in the current session. That means Jefferson County most likely has a fiscal crisis that could shut down the government in Alabama’s most populous county. It could put the county into bankruptcy.
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