Mayor Bell inviting citizens to weigh in on budget

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor William Bell will address his 2011 budget proposal on Tuesday evening and you are invited to weigh in on it.

Council members have to pass a budget by Thursday, July 1st.

As part of a proposal worked out over the weekend, Birmingham city workers could lose as many as seven of eleven paid holidays this year under a proposal presented today as a way to help plug a $16 million shortfall in the proposed 2011 budget.

The fire department faces deep cuts, including a 20% cut in pay. The mayor says a federal case requires fire and police pay to be comparable.

To balance the budget, several non-profit organizations may see a cut in funding.
The budget town hall meeting happens at 6:00 at Parkway Christian Church. Mayor Bell will go over his proposal and take questions from the audience.

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