Mayor Bell says cuts 'will be a reality'

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor William Bell said Thursday he doesn't want to cut jobs, but says the city's budget problems may force him to do so.

"I'm doing everything in my power not to lay off anyone, but when you don't have the money, you don't have the money," said Birmingham Mayor William Bell Thursday when discussing the city's possible $77 million dollar deficit.

Bell said he was sensitive to situations of every department, organization, and non-profit, but cuts will be a reality.

Bell said he has already discussed cutting $4 million of funding to the BJCC with leaders, money that would go to a possible domed stadium.

The Mayor also said overprojections of revenues and city leaders not following the Mayor-Council act led to the shortfall.

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