UPDATE: Birmingham News coverage with much more detail here.This is far from a done deal. More later. (Sorry for the weird formatting; blogging by Blackberry is new to me. Formatting fixed. Wow, this has been a crazy day!)
A shame they couldn’t come to a consensus before the layoffs.
The delegation voted for a plan proposed by Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, that would enact a new occupational tax at a rate of 0.45 percent, instead of the current 0.5 percent, and require all workers to pay the tax, including professionals who are now exempt because they buy business licenses.
It also would require a vote of county residents in June 2012 on whether to keep the tax. If they rejected it, the tax would be phased out over five years beginning in October 2012.
The vote was 13-4-1, with seven absent. The article doesn’t have a list of individual legislators and their votes; I’ll try to find it and post it ASAP. I’m very curious to know which ones couldn’t be bothered to attend the meeting. (Yes, I know some of them probably had legitimate conflicts, but this is a big, fat honkin’ deal.)
Of course, this doesn’t resolve JeffCo’s problems. We’re still on the verge of bankruptcy until and unless another solution can be found to restructure the sewer debt. So this is just a baby step back from the precipice.
I’m off to do some family stuff. I plan to attend the Race Relations Roundtable tomorrow morning (7:30 AM at Alabama Power), where Sens. Jabo Waggoner and Linda Coleman and Rep. Merika Coleman are scheduled to discuss the occupational tax. Summary after.