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Birmingham council delays action on mayor's proposed bond referendum

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Birmingham city council seems to be in no rush to give Mayor William Bell what he wants.  Council delayed, for another week, any action on Bell's proposed $150 million bond referendum.

The item would have required unanimous consent to pass.  Three council members voted no and a fourth was absent. 

Bell wants the referendum October 9th.

Here are the sticking points: a majority of council wants more input on what projects are included, and council members expect to hold city-wide public hearings.  Bell says half of the money would be spent now on city projects.  The rest would be reserved for future use.