Birmingham City Councilor Valerie Abbott is against idea of Fairfield annexation

Birmingham City Councilor Valerie Abbott is against idea of Fairfield annexation

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One Birmingham City Councilor is giving her thoughts about the idea of the City of Fairfield being annexed into Birmingham.

Valerie Abbott is speaking out against it. Fairfield is trying to solve some serious money woes and possible annexation is one of the ways the mayor suggested to solving the problem if they can't replace lost tax revenue.

Now that Wal-Mart has closed the city can't survive without that revenue from the retail giant. Officials need about $125,000 a month to operate the city and pay salaries.

Mayor Kenneth Coachman suggested two options to handle the situation and they are bankruptcy or annexation, although he says he doesn't support either one.

Birmingham City Councilor Valerie Abbott made it clear she doesn't like the idea of Fairfield being annexed into Birmingham.

She says it's sad to hear Fairfield may be near bankruptcy but she also said "we all saw it coming."

She says Birmingham does not need to take on anyone else's problems because the city has plenty of its own.

"My personal feeling is Birmingham certainly does not need to annex them because then we would have to pay off all of their debt, and we don't have any extra money for that," said Abbott. "As I just said, we already have far more needs than we do money, so I'm not up for adopting anyone."

Abbott says someone on the Birmingham City Council mentioned Fairfield and possible annexation but she says the topic was not formally discussed.
Mayor Coachman says he has not made contact with anyone about annexation. It's just one of the options he brought up. Coachman says he doesn't have a real resolution to the problem right now. The council is expected to meet next week to talk about cost cutting measures as a way to fix the city's finances.

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