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Birmingham City Council Passes Budget Ahead of July 1st Deadline

Press Release Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Contact: Brittany Sharp
Phone: 205-721-5369
brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- For the first time in four years the Birmingham City Council has passed a budget not just on time, but ahead of time. The 2014-2015 fiscal year budget passed by a majority vote during Tuesday’s council meeting. Councilors have been working tirelessly alongside Mayor Bell to put a budget in place that would prove to be fiscally responsible.

“I am very proud that my colleagues and I are setting the tone for a new paradigm for the city council,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “As a council we are continuously working together to ensure that the best decisions are made for the citizens of Birmingham in an efficient and timely manner.”

The new budget, which will take place July 1st, reflects a joint effort between the council and the mayor to ensure that fiscal needs are met across the board. After weeks of studying each line item both sides were able to come up with a plan that allowed merit raises to be included in the budget. Adding that line item however means that department cuts will have to be made.

“We as public servants owe it to the citizens of this great city to operate in excellence; consistently refining our processes and operating efficiently are the means by which we achieve this measure of excellence,” Councilor Marcus Lundy added. “Simply put, being fiscally prudent is at the foundation of this new paradigm shift of the City Council.”

For more information please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205-721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.