Jefferson County has finally asked Alabama lawmakers for assistance to help it pay off its troubled $3.2 billion of sewer debt. County commissioners made the request Tuesday as the Legislature is winding down its annual session over the next two weeks.

On a 3-to-2 vote, commissioners passed a resolution “to request that the Alabama Legislature enact into law legislation to authorize the county commission to levy a one-cent substitute sales tax to replace the existing one-cent education sales tax, the proceeds of which should be used first to pay education debt and then to pay sewer debt.”

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