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Birmingham City Council Denies Approval of Haney Lease Agreement

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – With a 10 year lease agreement at an annual payment $4.4 million, the Haney Building would cost taxpayers more than $45 million. The first year of the lease would alone cost citizens $1.8 million. In addition to the $4.4 million dollar price tag, the agreement includes annual operations and maintenance charges to the City based on the landlord’s actual cost of operating and maintaining the property. With a debt this large, Councilors are asking, “What exactly is the building being used for and what is the long term plan for our public safety departments?”

“This Council is going to continue to ask hard questions upfront regarding projects and initiatives with long term effects on our residents,” Council President Johnathan F. Austin said. “The Council is committed to cutting out wasteful spending and misuse of taxpayer dollars which includes this lease agreement. Without a long-term plan for our public safety departments, it is unwise for the city to move forward on any agreements which would tie the citizens hands to more debt.”

The Council has asked the Mayor during previous discussions if other alternatives have been explored so that we are making the best decision based upon information that can be distributed to our residents in an effort of transparency and accountability.

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