Birmingham City Council Eager to Cleanup More Neighborhoods, Enhance Education, Reduce Crime Pending the Passing of the 2016-2017 Budget
BIRMINGHAM, AL – After overwhelming responses from residents on what they would like to see for the next budget, Birmingham City Councilors are ready to see a budget put in place to address those needs. Councilors held their annual budget tours back in June to go to communities in hopes of learning from constituents about what they see as immediate needs. After gaining insight from residents in all nine districts Councilors submitted their budget proposals to the Mayor on June 22nd. Those recommendations included:
- $4,500,000 in weed abatement
- 4,500,000.00 for demolition
- $1,000,000.00 in library renovations and maintenance
- $3,000,000 for the construction of a new fire station in the Kingston Neighborhood
- $7,500,000 in City Wide street resurfacing
- $2,000,000 for a collaborative effort between the Library Board and School Board
- $3,200,000 for public safety
Additionally the Fire Department Budget overtime will remain at $1.5M, which is what the Fire Department operated under for the FY 16 Amended Budget. The Police Department “Other Professional Fees” will also remain at its current budget of $2M. Animal Control was reduced from $800,000 to $245,000 for a saving of $555,000. Other misconceptions about the budget include:
- Fleet Expense Gas was reduced from $1.4M to $1.0M saving the City $400,000
- Fleet expense diesel was reduced from $2M to $1,725,000 saving the City $275,00.
Council President Johnathan Austin said that it’s important that residents have all the facts to provide a clear understanding of what they are proposing for the next budget.
“This Council is working within the funding appropriations that were designated by each category to ensure that we are being good stewards of the publics’ money,” Council President Austin said. “My colleagues and I look forward to working with the Mayor after hearing his response to the budget to ensure that we put a sound budget in place to benefit our city.”
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