Brighton city developing a plan to pay back $800K in back taxes | News
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC)- Brighton city employees are back at work while city leaders prepare to develop a plan to pay nearly $800,000 in back taxes.
Monday, the city learned its funds had been frozen. Mayor Barbara Watkins blames that on the previous administration failing to pay taxes owed between 2003 and 2008. The same evening, employees were told not to return to work until the mayor called them back which they were able to do Tuesday.
Yesterday, the mayor met with the IRS which agreed to release enough money to make its payroll. They also gave the city a 30 day grace period to develop and submit a plan on how they will pay out the money.
City leaders will meet next Thursday to begin working on that plan. Watkins says, "I believe in the power of prayer and am positive everything will work out."
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