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Birmingham City Council: “It’s Our Duty To Consistently Be Fiscally Responsible”

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Monday, June 20, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilors have a duty each week to vote on items that will be in the best interest of the citizens. In knowing this, Councilors are seeking more information concerning an item on Tuesday’s agenda that outlines funding for the Freedom Center. Councilors have repeatedly asked for additional information concerning the funding of this center to ensure that full transparency is given on items that will require such a large amount of resources; resources that could in fact be used to address more pressing needs that affect the citizens of Birmingham.

“If this is something that is good for the city, it means that all parties involved, including this Council, need to have a complete understanding of what this project entails,” Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt said. “It seems that we are being told that certain information has not been shared with the Council because of confidentiality; but how can confidentiality be an issue with an entity who is charged with approving funding for the item?”

The Council is requesting full disclosure of all activities surrounding the transfer of funds for the Freedom Center, which should include the date of transfer with documentation, and contracts that have been entered into by The Historical Preservation Authority, be it fully executed contracts or MOU’s, all of which should be public records. The City for a long time has been good at coming up with new ideas, new initiatives, and new projects that have no sustainability plans attached to them. The Council would like to see plans put in place to improve the facilities that we already own to ensure that their needs are met first before additional responsibilities are added to the list of buildings that the city owns and operates. The Council has identified funding within the Freedom Center line item to support the following current needs in our city; a new fire station #8 in Kingston, a police training facility, renovation to the Eastern Police precinct, and renovation to the Carver Theatre-one of our cities’ most precious jewels.

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