Furlough proposal for Birmingham city employees passes

By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A proposal to implement four furlough days for Birmingham city employees passed Tuesday afternoon.

The proposal was in place of Mayor William Bell's original plan, which would have cut the pay of city employees by 10 percent.

Tuesday's proposal, which passed by 5-1 vote with one more abstaining, will also leave $738,000 for councilors to designate to libraries, recreation centers, or non-profit agencies.

The council said it will meet again Saturday where it may tweek the proposal. The final plan is expected to be included in the budget proposal, which is set to be approved next week and take effect July 1.

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