Birmingham city leaders are hoping for more cooperation with Jefferson County lawmakers but a fight could be brewing.
Thursday, Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin sponsored a meeting involving the council, Mayor William Bell, the school board and the Birmingham Water Works Board.
Austin is hoping to reach a compromise with lawmakers on issues they can support such as economic incentatives, funding for mass transit and limiting pay day loans. But a major sticking point may be a bill to add members to the Birmingham Water Works Board.
Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Homewood Rep. Paul DeMarco are trying to provide more representation for people who live outside of Birmingham. The city council has voted to oppose the bill.
"Obviously the city of Birmingham has the largest constituency of the water authority. So we want to protect the interest of our citizens," Austin said.
Austin is hoping the city and the lawmakers can work together on other issues even if they disagree over the water works bill. Only seven lawmakers attended the meeting out of the county's delegation and Rep. Allen Treadaway of Morris was the only Republican lawmaker to attend.
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