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Merit pay raises for Birmingham police officers and firefighters could be on the chopping block

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Merit pay raises for Birmingham police officers and firefighters could be on the chopping block in a new city budget.  

Birmingham City Council members met Thursday evening to break down the proposed budget. They're looking at suggested cuts. The mayor's budget allows for $2.5 million for merit raises.  However, the council must approve the budget.  Some councilors said the city needs to hold off on the merit raises because there's a deficit.  Others said the city needs to find other areas to cut.

Nothing has been decided. Thursday’s meeting was a work session, but the council still took a vote to see where members stand when comes to merit raises. Four city council members are in favor of keeping them; five members of the city council think it's not feasible

This is not a done deal.  The council still has to vote on the budget. This was the third work session regarding the budget.

The council has until July 1 to approve its budget for the next fiscal year.

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