Birmingham City Councilors Still Seeking Passage of Budget Weeks After Submitting Recommendations to the Mayor
PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Contact: Brittany Sharp
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Operating on a sound and fiscal budget is the primary goal for Birmingham City Councilors and as another week comes and goes, Councilors want to know when will the 2016-2017 budget be passed in order to address some of the city’s most pressing needs. A list of budget recommendations that includes continued efforts to improve neighborhoods, schools, and public safety was submitted to the Mayor on June 22, 2016; however, Councilors have yet to receive a response from the Mayor. Instead Councilors have received agendas with items not pertinent to improving each of the nine districts. During Tuesday’s Council meeting a very legitimate question was asked about travel items from the Mayor’s office that will cost the city nearly $12,000.
“Consistent with this administration’s practice, the Council is continuously left in the dark on the cities activities,” President Johnathan F. Austin said. “The latest travel item that was brought before us during Tuesday’s Council Meeting includes funding to attend a conference full of parties and exhibits. This is just another example of the failure of the Mayor to effectively communicate with the Council in order to work collaboratively with the legislative body to ensure we are all working towards a common goal of improving our communities.”
The Council is proposing the following in the upcoming budget:
1.) $4.5 Million for Weed Abatement
2.) $4.5 Million for Demolition
3.) $2.7 Million for Schools
4.) $2 Million for Libraries
5.) $3.1 Million for Public Safety
A link to the Council’s proposed budget recommendations can be found by clicking HERE.
A link to the Phase 2 Bond Projects can be found by clicking HERE.
For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.