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Birmingham City Council Meets With Mayor Bell, Budget Talks Remain Unresolved

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL –Let’s work together to improve the City of Birmingham.” That was the message that was resolved during a meeting yesterday between the Birmingham City Council and Mayor William Bell. Councilors have been waiting to hear back from the Mayor since submitting their budget responses to him back on June 23rd. The Council’s proposal includes funding to address the city’s most immediate needs within our neighborhoods, public safety arenas, and education. The Councilors 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

During Monday’s Economic Development, Budget & Finance Meeting Councilors heard from the Mayor on his response to their recommendations, yet Councilors feel that additional talks must take place to ensure that citizens remain the top priority.

“The information that we were presented with yesterday still leaves us with no clear plan as to how we are going to accurately address our declining neighborhoods, failing schools, and the increase in crime,” Council President Johnathan F. Austin said. “As elected leaders we must all work together to consistently put the needs of our citizens first, and it is my hope that collectively we can put a budget in place that does just that.”

Economic Development, Budget & Finance Chair Councilor Marcus Lundy proposed that an additional meeting be setup to further layout what should be included in both the Capital and Operating Budget. Details on that meeting will be released when finalized.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Director Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov