Still no 2007 budget for city

07.3.2007 by André Natta · → 4 Comments

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The Birmingham City Council failed to approve a budget for the new fiscal year that began on July 1. The News reports that Councilor William Bell abstained from the unanimous consent vote required for passage of the budget since it was not on the agenda for today’s meeting.

The city will have to operate under its current budget until it is approved, possibly as early as next week.

 

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Ellen
Ellen

Any insight on why Bell abstained? As someone who does budgets for a living, sometimes other things are just more pressing. Like with other government budgets, the Councilors are probably familiar with a draft budget and there are some sticking points. Unless those things need to be funded immediately in the normal course of the city's operations, not having a budget isn't really that big a deal. I'm not sure that's the explanation here (for why it wasn't on the agenda) but omitting it from the agenda for this meeting isn't unreasonable by my reckoning.

Ellen
Ellen

Any insight on why Bell abstained? As someone who does budgets for a living, sometimes other things are just more pressing. Like with other government budgets, the Councilors are probably familiar with a draft budget and there are some sticking points. Unless those things need to be funded immediately in the normal course of the city's operations, not having a budget isn't really that big a deal. I'm not sure that's the explanation here (for why it wasn't on the agenda) but omitting it from the agenda for this meeting isn't unreasonable by my reckoning.

Dystopos
Dystopos

How do you not put the budget on the agenda for the first meeting of a new fiscal year? I mean, it should be carried over as old business from months ago, right?

Dystopos
Dystopos

How do you not put the budget on the agenda for the first meeting of a new fiscal year? I mean, it should be carried over as old business from months ago, right?