Budget and Finance Committee

The Budget and Finance Committee recommends on matters pertaining to budget and taxing ordinances; public revenue; bonds and other debt; tax officials and collectors; Department of Finance; and licensing and pension funds.

Committee Information

Items before the Budget and Finance Committee are usually budget amendments or funding items for various requests. Budget amendments from the Mayor’s office are placed on the Budget and Finance Committee Agenda. The Committee votes to recommend approval or denial of each item and, the item is placed on the Council Agenda for a final vote.

On or before May 20th of each year, the Mayor submits to the City Council a proposed General Fund Operating Budget for the fiscal year, which begins July 1st of each year. The City Council, through the Finance and Budget Committee holds budget workshops to discuss the proposed budget with administration personnel. After these workshops, the City Council holds a public hearing to obtain taxpayer comments. The Council may modify the budget and submit it back to the Mayor for his comments. Prior to July 1st, the budget is legally enacted through passage of an ordinance.

The Mayor is authorized to transfer budgeted amounts within departments within any fund; however, any revisions that alter the total expenditures for any fund or transfer of funds between departments must be approved by the City Council.

The adopted General Fund budget is allocated to each department or agency of the City according to the Mayor-Council Act of 1955, State of Alabama. The total appropriations may not be exceeded by expenditures unless the City Council amends the budget by increasing revenues or through a reduction of fund balance.

Committee Meetings

Meeting Day and Time:

2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. 

Meeting Location:

Birmingham City Hall Council Chambers

Meeting Information

VIRTUAL Joint Budget and Finance and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting, 02.08.2021
Scheduled Meeting Date: 02/08/2021
VIRTUAL Joint Budget and Finance Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting, 01.25.2021
Scheduled Meeting Date: 01/25/2021
VIRTUAL Budget and Finance Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting, 01.11.2021
Scheduled Meeting Date: 01/11/2021
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Committee Members

Committee Chairperson

Crystal N. Smitherman

Council President Pro Tempore

District 6

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Committee Member

Valerie A. Abbott

District 3

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Committee Member

Wardine T. Alexander

Council President

District 7

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Other Committee Information

Areas of Responsibility:

Community Development Funding
County, State, Federal and Local Government Affairs (Review Legislative Bills)
Economic Development Bonds
Employee Pensions and other Employee Benefits
License Control