- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham city leaders have approved of allocating $500,000 to the University of Alabama-Birmingham to fulfill a pledge it made when the school’s football program was reinstated.

City Council voted on the allocation during a meeting Tuesday morning.

UAB dropped football, rifle and bowling programs in December to cut costs and announced six months later they would be reinstated. The university’s football team is expected to resume play in the 2017 season.

Officials amended the city’s budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 and said the money will come from the sale of property.

Mayor William Bell said the money is meant to show the city’s commitment to preserving the programs that had been cut.

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