BRADENTON, Fla. — Despite pleas from hundreds of Jefferson County employees who fear losing their jobs, the Alabama Legislature ended its session late Friday without passing a bill reauthorizing an occupational tax that provides major funding for the county budget.

In January, a local circuit judge ruled the tax illegal, saying that the Legislature had at one point repealed it. County commissioners have appealed the ruling to the Alabama Supreme Court and the judge is allowing the county to collect the tax until the appeal is settled. There is no set time for the state’s high court to act on the case. Occupational tax revenue makes up 26% of the county’s general fund budget.

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