Birmingham City Council to take on lodging tax, firefighter pay

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Birmingham city councilors are expected to have a busy day on Tuesday. Top issues on the agenda include increasing the city's lodging tax and handling pay cuts for firefighters.

Councilors are expected to vote on increasing the city's lodging tax to pay for a new four-star hotel and entertainment district downtown. The revenue could also be used for a proposed baseball stadium near Railroad Park.
The BJCC Board has approved Mayor William Bell's plans for a new 300-room Westin Hotel. The hotel would be built on the convention complex.
The city council will have to pass a 3.5% uncrease in the lodging tax to fund the projects.

Also on the agenda is a measure that would lower pay for Birmingham firefighters. City leaders say firefighters were "overpaid" for two years under Mayor Larry Langford's administration. They have proposed lowering pay for entry-level firemen from $17 an hour to $13 an hour.

The city council meets Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

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