Birmingham Acting Mayor Royal not worried about budget shortfall

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham's acting mayor confirms a 20-million dollar budget shortfall, but tells council members reserve funds will prevent a crisis.

A consultant and a city finance official told the council on Thursday that the city spent one million dollars more last year than it took in.

Acting Mayor Roderick Royal says the city has more than 160-million dollars in reserves. Mayor Royal says covering the debt is commonplace as long as the money is replaced.

Royal also says Birmingham has a large workforce with more than four-thousand employees. Without mentioning layoffs, he says that issue needs to be addressed by the next mayor.