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Bond referendum passes in Birmingham

Birmingham Mayor Bell pushed for the bond referendum vote to pass so the city can spend $150 million on improvement projects. Birmingham Mayor Bell pushed for the bond referendum vote to pass so the city can spend $150 million on improvement projects.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham bond referendum has passed by a majority of 80 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election.

The mayor's office wants to borrow $75 million now and another $75 million a few years down the road to help pay for various city improvements. The ballot includes separate votes for the six items that total $150 million.

As of 10 p.m. with 93 percent of precincts reporting, here is a breakdown of the votes for each item:

-Landfill expansion ($6.3 million): 80 percent yes, 20 percent no

-Streets and sidewalk improvements ($48.7 million): 80 percent yes, 20 percent no

-Economic development ($19 million): 83 percent yes, 17 percent no

-Public building facilities and equipment ($45 million): 77 percent yes, 23 percent no

-Park improvements ($20 million): 78 percent yes, 22 percent no reporting

-Storm and sewer projects ($11 million): 80 percent yes, 20 percent no

Birmingham Mayor Bell says around 10 percent of registered voters turned out Tuesday to vote on the referendum.

Check the latest bond referendum results and other municipal election runoff results at MyVoteAlabama.com.

Critics of the bond referendum question adding so much to the city's debt. The debt will be paid off by the city's current property taxes and no new taxes will be needed.

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