Birmingham City Council to meet in special session over budget

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham City Council meets later this morning for a specially-called budget session.

A consultant for Birmingham's city council says the city will end fiscal year 2009 with a $26-million budget deficit.

Councilors are still trying to hammer out a 2010 budget. It is nearly a month overdue. They are not convinced the numbers from Mayor Langford are accurate. They have requested a state audit to find out exactly how much money the city has.

Council President Carole Smitherman says that audit will not be done until at least late August. They are exploring other options to approve a budget they can live with.