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Irondale City Clerk Holds First Town Hall Meeting

6/24/2014 – Irondale citizens attended the first ever Financial Town Hall meeting.  City Clerk, James Stewart organized the meeting to share in depth information on the city’s financial health.  ” I’m focused on local government becoming more transparent with regards to it’s finances, ” said Stewart.  He also announced plans to post a monthly financial report card on the front page of the city’s new website (

Stewart discussed what he called the “Three Myths About Municipal Finance.” He elaborated on misconceptions most people have about city finances including the topics:

  • No new taxes
  • Does money grow on trees
  • Just cut expenses.

A variety of topics were covered including the city’s recent Standard & Poors credit rating upgrade from A+ to AA. This is a major accomplishment for a city the size of Irondale and speaks to the city’s sound financial management.  A copy of the actual Standard & Poors, RatingsDirect report was provided to those in attendance.

The informal atmosphere and audience participation made for a very interactive and informative meeting.  Stewart announced plans to hold Financial Town Hall meetings quarterly.