City of Birmingham set to discuss $14 million World Games debt


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – The City of Birmingham will meet on August 23 and the WBRC will be told they will be discussing the World Games’ $14 million debt.

We have been told that the games owe millions to local providers, the government and even foreign companies.

World Games CEO Nick Sellers said he plans to go to the city council meeting on Tuesday morning. He said he believes Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will also be there to lobby for more money for the Games.

The World Games are demanding a further US$5 million from Birmingham City Council as part of their plan to pay their deficit.

They’re also asking the Jefferson County Commission, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and private partners to raise the rest of the funds.

If Birmingham gives the additional $5 million, Councilor Darrell O’Quinn said the City Council has given the city a total of $12 million for the World Games. He said he wasn’t sure if all the council was on board and they could go to the executive session as it could potentially lead to lawsuits.

“I’m not aware of any active litigation,” O’Quinn said. “But I think some of the concerns relate to the possibility of that. So if that counts as reason for allowing an executive session, the city attorney must make the call. We’ll see what happens.”

O’Quinn said they could vote at the meeting or not, depending on whether the council agrees.

The Jefferson County Commission has already discussed the issue and won’t vote until September. The Commission is currently not providing any money. They want to try to make sure everything else in the county is covered financially before making up their minds.

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