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Birmingham City Council Calls for Moratorium on Capital Projects: Demanding Full Transparency from Mayor Bell

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – It’s evident, Birmingham is without a doubt on the rise. However, as the city continues to move in a progressive direction, the Birmingham City Council is working diligently to strengthen public trust in local government by the action taken during today’s City Council Meeting. This moratorium ensures that capital projects are manifested efficiently without major project delays and cost overruns. Effective immediately, Councilors have put forth a moratorium on spending for all new capital projects until the Council has been briefed by the Mayor regarding the status of specific projects and their anticipated completion date; this includes bond projects already approved by the Council.

“The ordinance passed today brings full accountability to our City government and the way we operate procedurally,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “The Council is the legislative branch of government and we must know what we are approving and be assured that we’re acting in the best interest of taxpayers both fiscally and responsibly.”

The moratorium will not affect the following projects: The Intermodal Facility, Weed Abatement and Demolition schedules, along with current Legion Field renovations. The moratorium will stay in place for up to 30 days or until the Mayor meets with the Council to provide written documentation outlining all city projects and their anticipated costs.

“As elected leaders, it is our fiduciary responsibility to be fully aware of all projects when using public funds,” President Austin said. “We are committed to improving policy standards that allows the Council to have comprehensive reports of all capital related projects with the intent to make certain that project agreements are fulfilled successfully.”

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.