Furlough fears fill Birmingham budget meeting

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Dozens of Birmingham city employees attended Thursday's budget meeting hoping to get answers about proposed furloughs.
Acting Birmingham Mayor Roderick royal says if employees take four unpaid days early next year, they will save the city $3-million. Royal is trying to address a $20-million shortfall in the 2010 fiscal budget.

Council member Lashunda Scales says she supports the plan if it will save city jobs.

Royal says the proposed furloughs would include police and firefighters as well as himself and all city councilors.

He also says money that was had been designated for the domed stadium may also be used to make up the shortfall.