MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has called for a special
legislative session to consider a tax intended to help fix the
financial crisis in Birmingham's Jefferson County.
Riley said Saturday evening he would convene the session Monday
at 6 p.m. to consider a new .5 percent occupational tax.
The new tax would replace an old tax that was struck down by the
courts. The lost revenue has plunged Alabama's most populous county
into debt and led to unpaid leave for more than one-fourth of the
county's 3,600 workers.
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