BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham City Council approved Mayor Randall L. Woodfin’s $455 million operating budget Tuesday evening in an 8-0 vote.
The spending plan supports neighborhood revitalization with $10 million for street paving, an additional $1 million sidewalk budget and funds to maintain demolition and weed abatement. Additionally, the budget provides a 1.5% pay raise for city employees and funds merit and longevity pay, paid city holidays and fully funds the employee pension program with a city contribution of more than $32 million.
“This is a moment of recovery and restoration for our city,” Mayor Woodfin said in a statement. “I want to thank the council for working alongside me to ensure our shared priorities of neighborhood revitalization and fiscal responsibility are supported in this budget.”
In a press conference Wednesday, Woodfin also discussed the American Rescue Plan, which has been given the name Magic City Recovery Plan here in Birmingham. The plan will continue to be used to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Woodfin. $5,000 premiums were handed out to full-time employees on Friday.
The budget fully funds public safety, the popular initiative Birmingham Promise and the boards and agencies that partner with the city to provide services for residents
The budget also establishes a $50,000 grant program to pair city and neighborhood association funds to expand traffic calming strategies throughout the city.
The budget was passed ahead of the start of the 2022 fiscal year which will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.