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FLORENCE, Ala.  (WHNT) - The City of Muscle Shoals continues to grow, which means changes for the city council.

Mayor David Bradford only has a few more months to make his vote count.

Under state law, a mayor can only be a voting member in cities with less than 13,000 people.  Mayor Bradford says, the latest census shows about 150 people too many in the city, to keep the council the way it is.

“It theoretically could create a tie if the mayor votes on a council that has 5 members, that sometimes could be an issue,” said Mayor Bradford.

With the change, the mayor will manage day-to-day operations.  However, Mayor Bradford says, whoever gets elected to the city's top spot will still play a role in the decision making process because a mayor can veto any resolution or ordinance.

“It`s a combination of communication and working with each other as a team for the good of the city and trying to move forward,” said Mayor Bradford.

Mayor Bradford says he doesn't expect this change to greatly impact the residents or the way the city does business.  According to Mayor Bradford, it's just a different way of doing things, in order to abide by the law.

The muscle shoals city council will still have five council members.

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