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Birmingham City Council and Mayor Bell Agree To Verbal Budget Agreement; Further Talks Scheduled

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday, August 12, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – An approval of the 2016-2017 budget is one step closer to becoming a reality. Members of the Birmingham City Council met with Mayor William Bell today in an attempt to layout what both sides would like to see included in the new budget. There was a verbal agreement between the Council and Mayor at the conclusion of the meeting, and now both sides are ready to move forward with the final steps needed to put a budget in place.

“Today’s meeting is an example of what happens when both sides come to the table in an effort to do what’s best for the citizens of Birmingham,” President Johnathan F. Austin said. “Collaborative efforts between my colleagues and the Mayor must continue to happen as we look to move this city in the right direction, and I’m confident that we are headed in the right direction.”

Councilors and the Mayor will meet again on Friday, August 19th for a Special Called Economic Development, Budget and Finance Meeting to review the outlined budget proposal for a final time before voting on the next budget. District 9 Councilor Marcus Lundy, who chairs the committee, says he is looking forward to putting a budget in place that will address the needs of so many citizens.

“Our number one goal is improve the overall quality of life for the residents of Birmingham, and we will not stop until that goal is reached,” Councilor Lundy said. “Cleaning up our neighborhoods, improving education, and reducing crime are areas that must addressed and this budget will do just that.”

Details about the final budget proposals will be released at Friday’s Special Called Economic Development, Budget and Finance Meeting.

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