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Equipped and Ready to Revitalize: Birmingham City Council Pass 2015-2016 Budget

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – After months of review over what’s needed for the next fiscal budget The Birmingham City Council has passed a budget that is for the people. The new budget passed unanimously during today’s Council meeting, and Councilors agree that this budget is reflective of their commitment to revitalizing neighborhoods. During this year’s budget process councilors held budget tours to gain feedback from citizens on their specific needs for their communities. Using that feedback, Councilors have crafted a budget that includes $3.5 million dollars for weed abatement, $3 million dollars for property demolition, and a 3% cost of living [COLA] raise for all city employees.

“We are ready to restore our neighborhoods into communities that are clean and safe environments which is why we’ve invested $6.5 million to revitalize our neighborhoods,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “My colleagues and I were committed to putting a budget in place that focuses on our neighborhoods, and I’m glad to say that we’ve done just that.”

In addition to the funding for neighborhood cleanup, Councilors say funding for educational components is also a top priority. The Council’s proposed budget includes $665,000 in funding dollars for the Birmingham Board of Education’s Community Schools program. During the budget process the Council met with the new School Superintendent Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan to gain feedback on how the Council can be a better advocate for the students of Birmingham.

“It is our responsibility as elected officials to be the voice for those students to ensure that they get a world class education,” President Austin said. “We are committed to investing in our students each year so that they can reap the benefits and excel in their educational careers.”

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