Birmingham's mayor and city council members head to Montgomery today to lobby state lawmakers. They want lawmakers to fund mass transit systems like Max Buses. They will also lobby for the state to give Jefferson County some help with its general fund budget.
As a former county commissioner, Mayor William Bell says it is an issue he understands.
"The county cannot stay afloat under its current condition. There has to be a way to restore revenue to the county. The commissioners can't solve that problem; the city of Birmingham can't solve that problem. Only the state legislature can give them the authority to solve their own problem or put in place a way for them to deal with some increased revenues,” said Bell.
Yesterday was the first day lawmakers returned to the capital after a ten day break.
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