Restoring Pride and Trust in City Hall

Birmingham deserves a City Hall that they can trust will always put them first.  The last few years have unfortunately been dominated by infighting between the City Council and the Mayor’s Office with long-standing concerns from citizens and the press regarding the openness of City Hall.   

Opening City Hall up to everyone and repairing the broken relationships between the Mayor’s Office and the City Council and other local, regional and state stakeholders will be one of my top priorities as Mayor.   

Giving Birmingham residents more of a voice in shaping the budget and determining how their tax dollars are spent 

  • Within the first 100 days, I would identify a City Council sponsor for an ordinance establishing a “participatory budgeting” pilot program where neighborhood leadership and Birmingham residents set the priorities for development projects in their neighborhoods.
  • After the completion of the pilot program, I would engage each City Councilor to develop a participatory budgeting program for their districts to identify neighborhood projects in their districts to include in every City capital budget.

 

Repairing relationships with the City Council

  • Within the first 100 days, I would meet with each City Council member to identify key shared district priorities between them and my office and commit to resolving these concerns during my first term.   
  • Within the first 100 days, I would assign interagency rapid response teams of city agencies to each City Council member that can quickly address city services issues in their districts.

 

Making the Mayor’s travel schedule and expenditures available on the City website

  • Within the first 100 days, I would commission the City Chief Information Office to make my travel schedule and expenditures easily accessible and searchable on the City website.

 

Cutting the Mayor’s security detail

  • Within the first 100 days, I would eliminate the funding used for Mayor Bell’s security detail and reinvest the savings into the Division of Youth Services.

 

Banning any relatives of the Mayor from working for the City in any role that could influence procurement decisions

  • Within the first 100 days, I would work with the City Council to adopt a nepotism policy that would ban any of my close relatives from working for the City in any role that involved procurement decisions.

 

Engaging the Birmingham state delegation to advocate for mayoral term limits.

  • Work with the Birmingham delegation to revive a 2012 proposal that would establish term limits for the Mayor’s office.
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