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Birmingham City Councilors Prepare to Break Down 2016-2017 Budget During Post Budget Tours

Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin is firm in his commitment to keeping citizens informed. As Birmingham City Councilors prepare to host hundreds of citizens on the final results of the 2016-2017 budget, the public will have an opportunity to voice their concerns on the latest financial status of the City of Birmingham. To keep ongoing dialogue between city leaders and residents, Birmingham City Councilors host organized forums, such as the pre-budget and post-budget tours that are open to the public. To provide a platform of discussion regarding ongoing matters concerning revitalized and crime-free neighborhoods as well as quality education, Councilors open with a presentation discussing the latest in the budget and later open the floor for questions and concerns from all residents.

During the pre-budget tours, the Council elaborated on all that’s being proposed in the 2016-2017 budget which included: no funding for community schools after-school care programs; increasing neighborhood association funds from $2,000 to $5,000; reduction in weed abatement/demolition funding; one-percent Cost of Living increase for all employees and expansion of the shot spotter program. The Council Budget Tours also offered countless opportunities for residents to gain an understanding of the total budget process and follow up with constructive feedback pertaining to items that many would like implemented.

“Our intentions are best summarized by the theory that we are accountable for educating citizens and making sure their communities are held to the highest regard, especially during the budget season,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “One of the best ways we can propel Birmingham into it’s truest potential, is to always inform and implement.”

The budget tours will be held from 6 p.m. – 8p.m. on the following dates and locations:

September 19th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 980 Huffman Road

September 22nd at Oxmoor Valley Community Center, 1992 Wenonah Oxmoor Road

September 27th at 16th Street Baptist Church, 1530 6th Avenue North

September 29th at Harrison Park Recreation Center, 1615 McMillon Avenue SW

Councilors consistently encourage more conscientious spending that allows for collective input from citizens setting out to encompass the concerns of neighborhood leaders and create a layout for communities. Among these concerns, include addressing the best measures for combatting overgrown lots that trigger blight and the desire for the infrastructure of sidewalks as well as the latest updates on the status of public safety.

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This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.