MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - While city leaders battle it out at Government Plaza, city employees have taken to technology to get their voices heard about Mobile's budget problems.
A veteran police officer has joined the crusade. Captain Eddie Patrick is encouraging people in his precinct to do the same. He wrote that, amidst talks of layoffs and furloughs, police are still putting the pressure on the bad guys.
Now, Patrick is encouraging citizens to put the pressure on elected officials to reach a compromise over how to fund the budget. He said citizens should "make your voices known."
Patrick wrote, "Obviously, laying off or furloughing police officers and firemen is not in the city's best interest."
Patrick's e-mail is just the latest letter from a police officer regarding the budget battle. Recently, precinct commander Dewayne Hill responded by sending out an e-mail of his own.
In that communication, Hill said, "No matter what you are being told, take my word: if a revenue source is not voted on and approved by the city council within the coming weeks there will be a noticeable difference in the service you receive and have come to expect."
Officials told FOX10 News that officers have the right to say what they want. However, when asked to interview Capt. Patrick about his email, police said only the public information officer could speak.
Mobile Mayor Sam Jones' official take on the budget should be known Thursday. That's when he's expected to give city council members his recommendations for filling a $28 million budget gap.
When asked for the recommendations, Jones' office said his budget plan for Thursday was not ready for viewing yet.
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