Harpersville considering cutting police and fire departments

Harpersville considering cutting police and fire departments

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The small town of Harpersville faces a tough decision: raise taxes or lose their police and fire departments.

At a public hearing, Harpersville Mayor Theoangelo Perkins explained the city was facing a major shortfall anywhere from $150,000 to $170,000.

Funding fixes include passing a one cent sales tax, which would bring Harpersville's tax up to 9%. If it does not pass, cuts will be made.

The mayor says they have cut so much in the past six years, the public's safety may be in jeopardy.

"It's legitimate. We are to the point where we have cut $600,000 out of the budget. If we cut anymore, it's true it will have to cut them(police and fire departments) out. It's not a scare tactic. It's the truth," said Perkins.

The council is going to go back and look at numbers and vote on this issue in June.

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