Birmingham, Alabama

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Birmingham, Alabama
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General information
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Mayor:William A. Bell
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2017
City council seats:9
2015 FY Budget:$390 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:212,113
Gender:53.2% Female
Race:African American 73.4%
White 21.1%
Hispanic or Latino 3.6%
Asian 1.0%
Two or More Races 1.0%
Unemployment:8.3%
Median household income:$31,467
High school graduation rate:83.5%
College graduation rate:21.5%
Related Birmingham offices
Alabama Congressional Delegation
Alabama State Legislature
Alabama state executive offices
Birmingham is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama. As of 2013, its population was 212,113.[1]

City government

The city of Birmingham utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. William A. Bell is the current Mayor of Birmingham.[2][3]

City council

The Birmingham City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2][4]

Membership

The Birmingham City Council is made up of nine members, each of whom is elected by the city's nine districts.[4]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Birmingham City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[2]

For a full list of Birmingham city boards and commissions, see here.

Budget

Birmingham's adopted operating budget for 2015 was $390 million.[5]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
City Hall Third Floor
710 20th Street North
Birmingham, Al 35203
Phone (205) 254-2823

City Council
710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 254-2294

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Jefferson County, Alabama ballot measures

The city of Birmingham is in Jefferson County. A list of ballot measures in Jefferson County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Alabama

Birmingham's state-given process for initiative can only be used to initiate a city ordinance. For a valid petition, signatures from 10 percent of the qualified electors of the city must be gathered with a petition having the layout and information required by law. After a petition is sufficient it goes to the council for approval. If the council members fail to adopt the petitioned ordinance exactly as petitioned within 20 days of the filing of a valid petition, the council must call for a special election or, if the next general election is within 20 days, add the ordinance to the general election ballot.

State law providing for Birmingham initiative

Lobbying

In 2013, Birmingham spent a total of $225,000 on federal lobbying related expenses. The city filed three reports for the issue of Fed Budget & Appropriations.[6]

City website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Alabama city websites

Last rated on October 16, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budget documents are available.[7]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas are posted.[8]
    • Meeting dates are posted.[9]
  • Elected officials
    • Names and contact details are provided for elected officials.[10]
  • Building permits & zoning
    • Building permits[11] and codes[12] are available.
    • Zoning ordinances are posted.[13]
  • Audits
    • Financial audits are posted.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Open bids are listed.[14]
  • Local taxes
    • Local tax details are available.[15]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are not available.
  • Administrative officials
    • Administrative contacts are not listed.
  • Contracts
    • Awarded contracts are not listed.
  • Public records
    • Information is not provided on how to file a public records request.
  • Lobbying
    • There is no information on [government sector lobbying].

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