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Birmingham City Councilors Taking a Detailed Look At What’s Needed for a Balanced Budget

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                 Monday July 13, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- The process of putting a budget in place is not something to be taken lightly, and Birmingham City Councilors are making sure that every line item has been closely reviewed so that a balanced budget is put in place. Councilors met for a second budget workshop last week to discuss additional items that must be included in the budget as they look to address their overall concern: greater investment in the 99 neighborhoods.

“We are very serious about looking at ways that we can eliminate blight in our neighborhoods, and really bringing the beauty of our neighborhoods back to each community,” said Council President Johnathan Austin. “The citizens of Birmingham have entrusted us with the care of each district, and we’re going to make sure that appropriate funds are in place to ensure that no neighborhood is left behind.”

In addition to addressing problems in the neighborhoods such as weed abatements and demolition, Councilors would also like to see strategies put in place to address enhancing educational opportunities for students and increased public transportation options. As the city prepares to host the 2021 World Games, Councilors say it’s time to go full force with the planning measures to be able to pull off an event of this magnitude.

“We are moving our city in the right direction, and we want to make sure that we continue along that path,” President Austin said. “With a number of conferences scheduled, and the World Games coming in 2021 it’s important that we stay ahead of the game so that we leave a great impression on all of the visitors who will be embarking upon this great city.”

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.254.2036 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.