City's proposed budget to be cut by seven percent

Birmingham City departments could be cut by seven percent in the city's 2010 budget. It is the latest revised plan to have a balanced budget by Tuesday morning. The Mayor's original budget equaled out to $415.8 million, but it has been changed drastically by city councilors.

"We know we were recommending a seven percent cut from the departments," says City Councilor Valerie Abbott. Langford says that absolutely will not happen, Iif that's true that dog will not hunt. You're not gonna cut public safety five percent, or fire by five, you're not gonna cut any of these services by, I'm sorry seven percent."

Councilors also plan to put money back in the budget for local non-profit agencies and organizations, previously cut by Langford. City Councilor Carol Duncan says, "The non-profits have been restored; some of them to full funding, some of them not."

Langford says as of late Monday afternoon, he and his staff had not received the budget.

Councilors took $26 million out of the budget, saying it was money already committed to projects.  Mayor Larry Langford says that is absolutely not the case. He says the money is rolled over from last year's excess revenues from the 2009 budget.

"We've explained that till we were blue in the face and so the bottom line is if they give me back a budget that excludes that $26 million, they can't do it anyway," Langford said. The mayor says according to the Mayor-Council Act, the council can't cut that money out of the budget. "It's not going to do anything because I'll veto the budget. There's no reason to do any of what they're doing. They don't know what they're doing."