Budget cuts meeting resistance in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Several factions inside of Birmingham are looking for ways to trim the budget without having to cut pay.

The Birmingham Fraternal Order of Police is looking at other ways for the city to cut costs and balance the budget.
Sgt. Dexter Cunningham and members of the FOP met Tuesday to discuss ideas they plan to take back to Mayor William Bell and the city council. Cunningham says it upsets  him to see officers working harder and getting paid less.

While he couldn't share the specifics, Cunningham says there are some areas where the council could cut funds without slashing salaries. "I can tell you that there are some licensing issues and biz fees issues that has not been visited in quite some time," said Cunningham.

Cunningham also says there is a duplication of services within the city that can be addressed to save money. He plans to meet with the mayor before the end of the week.

People in one Birmingham neighborhood are fighting the proposed budget cuts. They rallied Tuesday night to keep the Sandusky Recreation Center open. The mayor wants to close it to save the city money.

People who use the center say though it is a small facility, it is badly needed. They say senior citizens rely on it and it keeps children off the streets and out of trouble.

Community leaders say they plan to take their concerns to the mayor and council.

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