It's budget season in the City of Mobile.

The Stimpson administration has presented its proposal for next year's budget to the Mobile City Council.

Members of different agencies, as well ordinary citizens, are giving their feedback.

The Mobile Public Library System, for one, is not happy about some proposed cuts.

The Stimpson administration's budget calls for a $500,000 cut from last year's library budget.

The administration says the City of Mobile has been spending considerably more on libraries compared to peer cities, like Montgomery and Huntsville.

But library officials say that such a big cut will impact people who use libraries.

Amber Guy, a public relations specialist with the Mobile Public Library System, said, "It would be a very substantial cut to library services."

Guy said if the cuts are made, the library board may have to shorten library hours or cut some of the programs they offer.

She said some of the programs offered by the system include "summer library programs, all sorts of programs throughout schools. all things like that: for kids after school and adult programs, too."

And, as for comparisons with Montgomery, Guy said, "Their service area is about 140,000 fewer residents, and they circulate almost a million less items every year."

Citizens, too, are telling the council what budget issues are important to them, like improving drainage.

Reggie Hill of Mobile said, "We already know how detrimental it is, even if it just rains a while here within the city, particularly downtown."

The Mobile City Council Finance Committee will meet September 18th to discuss the budget.

A special budget task force made up of three council members has already been meeting and looking at priorities.

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