Birmingham's city budget 2 days overdue

Birmingham's city budget 2 days overdue

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Birmingham's mayor and a majority of the city council are divided about several items on the city's budget. Source: WBRC video Birmingham's mayor and a majority of the city council are divided about several items on the city's budget. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham's city budget is now two days overdue and it doesn't look like the fight holding up its passage is going to end anytime soon.

Mayor William Bell and a majority of the council are divided over how much money to spend on civil rights anniversary activities.

Also at issue is a program to buy more mowers and pay extra overtime to mow more vacant lots within city limits.

The mayor said last week the council was putting an extra $1.5 million into its own office budget, and he wanted to spend that money on neighborhood maintenance instead.

The council says that's just political posturing.

Tuesday, Bell called for a budget meeting after the regular council meeting, but the council president said this wasn't a good day and added that's not the mayor's job.

"Only the council president can call the council together. It's one of those stay-in-your-lane kind of things. And that's the way to do that, and I really don't want to politicize it," council president Roderick Royal said.

The meeting to work out these budget differences could happen as early as tomorrow, but will more likely be early next week.

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