The Birmingham City Council wants the city to join the BP gulf oil spill settlement.
City leaders say Birmingham lost tax revenue it would have gained from tourists passing through town if the spill hadn't turned them away.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
Today the Birmingham City Council today approved hiring a law firm to try to get the city part of the BP gulf oil spill settlement. The Environmental Litigation Group will work on commission only.
They are trying to make the argument that the city lost tax revenue it would have gotten from Gulf Coast tourists passing through town on their way to the beach if the spill hadn't turned thousands of them away.
The city council also approved a five year extension of the one cent sales tax that was put into place in 2008. The decision means sales tax will remain at 10 percent for the next five years.