2022 Birmingham budget
Mayor Randall Woodfin announced his budget proposal for $455,517,344 on May 18, 2021. He anticipated that revenues would be restored to pre-pandemic levels, allowing for a 1.5% raise for city employees, a full annual contribution to public pensions, and the restoration of cuts to boards and agencies. Woodfin's proposal represented a $42,655,306 (10.33%) increase from the $412,862,038 2020-2021 budget and a $4,109,394 (0.91%) increase from the $451,407,950 2019–2020 budget.
Woodfin did not include $148.8 million in expected federal stimulus payments directed to the city under the American Rescue Plan. Proposals for using that money to offset pandemic-related losses would be part of a separate forthcoming proposal. The City Council has expressed the intent for much of that money to be steered toward neighborhoods.
City Council approval
The Council scheduled its first budget hearing for June 1. During debate, the council recommended that the Mayor's office increase allocations to the Birmingham Zoo and the Friends of Rickwood. The budget was approved by an 8-0 vote on June 29. Councilor Steven Hoyt was present, but did not vote. The mayor's office was represented at the meeting by deputy chief of operations Chaz Mitchell.
- Garrison, Greg (May 18, 2021) "Mayor proposes $455 million Birmingham budget, projects economic recovery." The Birmingham News
- Prickett, Sam (May 18, 2021) "Woodfin Promises “Recovery and Restoration” With Proposed FY 2022 Budget." BirminghamWatch
- Prickett, Sam (June 29, 2021) "Birmingham Council Passes the City’s Largest Budget Ever." BirminghamWatch
- Michaels, Ryan (July 1, 2021) "Woodfin on What $455M Budget Means for Police, Schools, Neighborhoods." The Birmingham Times
- Budget 2022 at birminghamal.gov