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Selma city leaders press on despite financial ills in Jefferson County

Elton Reece looks over Memorial Stadium in Selma.  He says the stadium needs a complete overhaul and only a bond issue can provide enough funds. Elton Reece looks over Memorial Stadium in Selma. He says the stadium needs a complete overhaul and only a bond issue can provide enough funds.

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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Jefferson County's financial ills may spread and infect other muncipalities trying to borrow money for their communities.

But city leaders in Selma say that won't stop them from pressing on with a project they claim is vital to their city's future. 

"It's a solid place...but it's just old," says Elton Reece, Executive Director for the Selma Recreation Department.

He's ready to see a makeover for his beloved Memorial Stadium.

"The track is really used and worn out. Some of the concrete is uneven, and you have to be careful with that right there," says Reece referencing split concrete in the stadium's walkway.

Nothing's really changed since the stadium was built 63 years ago.

"As far as anything major being done, it's never been done," he adds.

And he says there's just one solution.

"The only way we can get it done is through this bond issue."

It's a bond issue Selma Mayor George Evans introduced in July - a way to help many city departments, including Recreation.

But the ripple effect of the problems in Jefferson County could impact other communities when they try to borrow money.

"If your major city is in trouble, or has done something wrong, then it reflects on all of us in the state," says Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

But Mayor Evans isn't letting Jefferson County's reputation get him down.

"I feel that we will get what we need. We're not asking for much, around $10 million roughly."

Reece isn't either, hoping renovations will come along with the crowds.

"I want people to feel safe, feel good about when they come to our parks and our stadium."

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