BRADENTON, Fla. — Despite serious reservations about mismanagement and corruption in Jefferson County, Ala., state senators this morning narrowly passed a revised occupational tax for the county on a vote of 12-to-9. Gov. Bob Riley is expected to sign the bill into law.

Jefferson County’s current occupational tax, which is 0.5% and supports one-third of the financially troubled county’s general fund, was struck down by a judge earlier this year forcing commissioners recently to lay off nearly 1,000 employees as well as to close five satellite courthouses and make other severe budget cuts in county services.

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