|Mayor:||William A. Bell|
|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|
|Population in 2013:||212,113|
|Race:||African American 73.4%|
Hispanic or Latino 3.6%
Two or More Races 1.0%
|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
- See also: Mayor-council 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.
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.
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.
The Birmingham City Council is made up of nine members, each of whom is elected by the city's nine districts.
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.
For a full list of Birmingham city boards and commissions, see here.
Birmingham's adopted operating budget for 2015 was $390 million.
Office of the Mayor
City Hall Third Floor
710 20th Street North
Birmingham, Al 35203
Phone (205) 254-2823
710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 254-2294
To contact individual council members, see here.
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.
In 2013, Birmingham's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $225,000. The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms. The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Birmingham filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|3||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
City website evaluation
|Transparency grading process|
See also: Evaluation of Alabama city websites
Last rated on October 16, 2012.
- Budget documents are available.
- Elected officials
- Names and contact details are provided for elected officials.
- Building permits & zoning
- Financial audits are posted.
- Open bids are listed.
- Local taxes
- Local tax details are available.
- Meeting minutes are not available.
- Administrative officials
- Administrative contacts are not listed.
- Awarded contracts are not listed.
- Public records
- Information is not provided on how to file a public records request.
- There is no information on [government sector lobbying].
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