Press Releases

Birmingham City Council Connecting Community Citizens FINAL Budget Tour Stop – Here are the TOP Five Reasons to Attend

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Thursday, June 29, 2017

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL— Tonight, the Birmingham City Council will host the last 2017 Council Connecting Community Citizens Budget Tour event at Avondale Elementary School, 4000 8th Court South, at 6pm to discuss the Council’s presentation on the Mayor’s proposed budget.

WHO: Birmingham City Council

WHAT: Birmingham City Council Connecting Community Citizens Budget Tour

WHEN: Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 6pm

WHERE: Avondale Elementary School, 4000 8th Court South

While the word “budget” hasn’t always inspired enthusiasm in public meetings, the 2017 Council Connecting Community Citizens Budget Tour changes that dynamic. If you missed the last two budget events at the Northeast YMCA or the Birmingham Crossplex here are a list of the top 5 reasons why attending this meeting is a good idea:

5. It’s a wonderful educational experience! It’s very likely that the last time you had a civics lesson was sometime in middle or high school, and you probably didn’t learn about the way your city’s government operates. President Johnathan Austin and the City Council at the Budget Tour events provide a plethora of information about how yourlocal government operates, which departments are responsible for certain duties, and how you can connect with City Hall to make positive change in your community.

4. It’s a chance to meet new people from different neighborhoods and parts of the city you may not be familiar with. You can make new friends, and expand your social network while becoming better versed in the civic process.

3. It’s an occasion to give your direct input about the priorities of your city. Members of the Birmingham City Council value the feedback from the residents who pay the taxes that fund the budget and want to ensure transparency and accountability.

2. An opportunity to interact with your City Council representative outside of the formal environment of a City Council meeting. Councilors are there to listen to your thoughts and concerns, to answer your questions, and to field your requests.

1. The Birmingham city budget is funded by your taxes. Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re already invested in the budget process, and it would be worth your time to have a say about how your money will be spent.

 About the Birmingham City Council Budget Tours

The Birmingham City Council is committed to serving every citizen, in every neighborhood, with every dollar, every day! In order to create transparent and positive communications between the Council and residents, the Birmingham City Council will continue its efforts by hosting public forums, such as the pre-budget and post-budget tours, to better help citizens understand the total budgeting process and receive constructive input about what many would like to see implemented in their neighborhoods. Following the budget tour, the Birmingham City Council will submit their budget proposal to the Mayor for the upcoming fiscal year including the concerns recounted from residents that attended the budget tour meetings.

This press release is a contribution from Interim Director Public Information Chiara Perry and Community Engagement Specialist Max Rykov in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For media inquiries please contact Chiara Perry, 205-908-7392 or chiara.perry@b