Rafferty ready to approve Mayor Bell's budget - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Rafferty ready to approve Mayor Bell's budget

Posted: Updated:
BIRMINGHAM - AL -

"It's very aggravating," Birmingham City Councilwoman, Kim Rafferty, said.

Rafferty says the ongoing, back-and-forth between the mayor's office and council is getting old...fast.

"Tremendously," she said. "I've spent a lot of time working, trying to come to a middle ground, but you can't get one side to the table and then you can't get the other side to the table and then everybody's all hot air and bluster and nothing ends up happening."

The issue at hand is the city budget. Or lack there of.

"The focus of everything has been non-profit and personal," Rafferty said. "It's not about creating a budget that is responsible."

But after weeks of concerns, Mayor William Bell says he's ready to offer up a new, modified budget.

"[The budget] has been modified to take into account some of the issues and concerns that council members have," Bell said, Thursday.

But Bell's office, Friday, told ABC 33/40 that 98 percent of it is the original budget, with little to no funding for non-profits and raises for city employees.

Council members say they expect to receive the budget Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Rafferty says after all the stress she's ready to approve.

"I tried very hard to give the council a chance to come together and actually discuss it," Rafferty said. "And when we failed to do so on Wednesday that left me no choice but to support the mayor's version of the budget."

The modified budget is expected to be on the agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting.

  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • Housing director: pipe replacement complete in Marks Village

    Housing director: pipe replacement complete in Marks Village

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:45:19 GMT
    All piping inside the Mark Village Housing Development in Gate City has been replaced, according to Naomi Truman, executive director of the Housing Authority--Birmingham District. Truman told ABC 33/40More >>
    Continuing coverageMore >>
  • Birmingham leaders criticize teen "wet" and "twerk" parties

    Birmingham leaders criticize teen "wet" and "twerk" parties

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:45:06 GMT
    Recent parties asking teens to "freak," "twerk" and "get wet" are raising safety concerns among Birmingham City leaders.Some of the parties have been held at the Continental Ballroom and other venues for quite some time. Earlier this month, a shooting at the Continental Ballroom resulted in one teenager's injuries. City leaders, consequently, revoked the owner and party promoter's business licenses for that incident and prior complaints.But other upcoming teen parties are planned. They all ch...More >>
    Recent parties asking teens to "freak," "twerk" and "get wet" are raising safety concerns among Birmingham City leaders.Some of the parties have been held at the Continental Ballroom and other venues for quite some time. Earlier this month, a shooting at the Continental Ballroom resulted in one teenager's injuries. City leaders, consequently, revoked the owner and party promoter's business licenses for that incident and prior complaints.But other upcoming teen parties are planned. They all ch...More >>
  • Birmingham man becomes third suspect arrested in Inglenook triple shooting investigation

    Birmingham man becomes third suspect arrested in Inglenook triple shooting investigation

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:44:18 GMT
    Three suspects charged in connection with a triple shooting in the Inglenook community of Birmingham. (abc3340.com)Three suspects charged in connection with a triple shooting in the Inglenook community of Birmingham. (abc3340.com)
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham police have arrested a third suspect in connection an investigation into a triple shooting in the Inglenook community.Cedric Willis, 28, of Birmingham, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault for his alleged role in a shooting on Apr. 16 that injured three people. Prior to Willis' arrest, investigators charged two other men -- 22-year-old Tradarryl Boykins and 24-year-old Leroy DeBruce -- in connection with the incid...More >>
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Birmingham police have arrested a third suspect in connection an investigation into a triple shooting in the Inglenook community.Cedric Willis, 28, of Birmingham, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault for his alleged role in a shooting on Apr. 16 that injured three people. Prior to Willis' arrest, investigators charged two other men -- 22-year-old Tradarryl Boykins and 24-year-old Leroy DeBruce -- in connection with the incid...More >>
  • Skills USA Conference in Birmingham this week

    Skills USA Conference in Birmingham this week

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:22:57 GMT
    Students are showing off their skills at the BJCC, in various competitions including carpentry, cosmetology, electrical technology and video production.More >>
    Students are showing off their skills at the BJCC, in various competitions including carpentry, cosmetology, electrical technology and video production.
    More >>
  • Blount County DA cracking down on degrading social media accounts

    Blount County DA cracking down on degrading social media accounts

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:19:32 GMT
    Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey is on a mission to shut down several Instagram accounts degrading young women throughout the county. The accounts with names such as "WHORESOFBLOUNTCOUNTY" and "SLUTSOFSUSANMORE" show pictures of teenagers with degrading comments underneath. Casey said the pictures are used without the girls' permission. One site has been taken down, and Casey has asked the social media website to remove them all.More >>
    Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey is on a mission to shut down several Instagram accounts degrading young women throughout the county. The accounts with names such as "WHORESOFBLOUNTCOUNTY" and "SLUTSOFSUSANMORE" show pictures of teenagers with degrading comments underneath. Casey said the pictures are used without the girls' permission. One site has been taken down, and Casey has asked the social media website to remove them all.More >>
  • NWS Birmingham: Temporary antenna installed for NOAA weather radio alerts

    NWS Birmingham: Temporary antenna installed for NOAA weather radio alerts

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:49:35 GMT
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The National Weather Service in Birmingham has installed a temporary antenna atop Red Mountain, allowing the NOAA weather radio to broadcast on a limited basis ahead of the threat of severe weather next week.More >>
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The National Weather Service in Birmingham has installed a temporary antenna atop Red Mountain, allowing the NOAA weather radio to broadcast on a limited basis ahead of the threat of severe weather next week.More >>
  • UPS files motion for partial summary judgement in lawsuit over Birmingham plane crash

    UPS files motion for partial summary judgement in lawsuit over Birmingham plane crash

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:43:17 GMT
    Attorneys for UPS filed a motion for partial summary judgement in a lawsuit over the August 2013 plane crash in Birmingham, Ala. Attorneys for UPS filed a motion for partial summary judgement in a lawsuit over the August 2013 plane crash in Birmingham, Ala.
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. -- The United Parcel Service Co. or UPS has filed a motion in Jefferson County Circuit Court requesting a partial summary judgement in the civil lawsuit over the plane crash in Birmingham last year.More >>
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. -- The United Parcel Service Co. or UPS has filed a motion in Jefferson County Circuit Court requesting a partial summary judgement in the civil lawsuit over the plane crash in Birmingham last year.More >>
  • Oxmoor Road exit on I-65 North closed due to tractor-trailer accident

    Oxmoor Road exit on I-65 North closed due to tractor-trailer accident

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:26:43 GMT
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Authorities have closed the Oxmoor Road exit on Interstate 65 North after an accident involving a tractor-trailer carrying a large excavator.More >>
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Authorities have closed the Oxmoor Road exit on Interstate 65 North after an accident involving a tractor-trailer carrying a large excavator.More >>