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State rep. looks to reinstate Jeff. Co. Occupational Tax

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

State Representative John Rogers confirms to Alabama 13's Hilary Golston he wants to reinstate the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex through legislation. Rep. Rogers says he might be able to file the proposed law as soon as next week.  

Rogers is planning a press conference Friday at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex to announce the bill and get input from the business community, creditors and the like. The time has yet to be announced. 

The new plan reinstates the half of one percent tax, however, the new tax would include "non-professionals and professionals," according to Rogers. The previous bill did not include any workers who also hold a business license.  

"It does everything the county wants to do," Rep. Rogers told Golston. The State Rep. promises the bill could get the county out of bankruptcy, settle sewer debt and save Cooper Green Hospital. 

The bill could reportedly raise $62-70 million a year. 

While Rep. Rogers reports the bill is ready to be filed, he says he won't do so until after his Friday press conference. However, he could present the bill on the house floor as early as next Tuesday.  

The lawmaker feels he has enough support to get the measure passed into law.

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