BIRMINGHAM, AL – The money has been put in place, and now it’s time for the work to begin. Birmingham City Councilors have been adamant since the budget process began about putting the funding and tools in place to revitalize our city neighborhoods and bring life back in to the communities. Councilors stood true on their promise to revitalize each district by passing a budget that includes $3.5 million dollars for weed abatement, $3 million dollars for property demolition, and a 3% cost of living [COLA] raise for all city employees. For a look back at how councilors crafted the budget please view this video produced by the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information.
Now that money is in place, Councilors say the next step is to ensure that these projects are completed in a timely manner. The Council is planning to go back into each district and hold a post budget tour similar to the tour that they had prior to the budget to inform citizens on how they plan to make sure that each project is followed through.
“We are eager to see the progress that is to come, now that the budget has been passed and work can begin,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “Our neighborhoods are the foundation for this city and for us to continue to thrive as a city we must continue to sew into these communities each and every day.
The post community budget tour will take place at four locations throughout the city beginning next week. The locations as well as the dates and times for each post budget tour are listed below.
Monday, August 17, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Fountain Heights Community Center
1101 North 15th Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35203
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Oxmoor Valley Community Center
1992 Wenonah-Oxmoor Road
Birmingham, AL 35211
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 6 p.m.
McElwain Baptist Church
4445 Montevallo Road
Birmingham, AL 35213
Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6 p.m.
2331 Bessemer Road
Birmingham, AL 35208