Birmingham voters to decide on bond referendum

Birmingham voters to decide on bond referendum

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The mayor's office wants to borrow $75-million now and another $75-million a few years down the road. The mayor's office wants to borrow $75-million now and another $75-million a few years down the road.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Today, voters in Birmingham will head to the polls to vote on a proposed bond referendum.

There are six items on the ballot, totaling $150 million, but each item is a separate issue. The mayor's office wants to borrow $75 million now and another $75 million a few years down the road.

Here is how the numbers break down:

$6.3 million for landfill projects

$48.7 million for streets and sidewalks

$19 million for economic development

$45 million for public facility projects

$20 million for park projects

$11 million for storm and sewer projects.

You can vote on each of those as a separate item so there is a chance some may pass and some could fail.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell is encouraging voters to pass the referendum, but some city council members say now is not the right time.

If the referendum does not pass, the city will have to find money somewhere else, especially for the landfill. It is expected to be full by next summer and if it is not expanded, it will be shut down.

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