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Legal battle on firefighter and police pay unresolved

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid unveils his 2008 budget Tuesday, but the spotlight remains on an unresolved police and firefighters pay-raise dispute.

The dispute about the 15 percent pay raises approved by the city council over the mayor’s veto is headed for the state Supreme Court.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tom King upheld the mayor’s claim that the council overstepped its authority in approving the pay raises.

The president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Sgt. Dexter Cunningham, said an appeal of King’s order was filed Friday in the state Supreme Court.

The city council had approved the raises 8-1. The personnel board then agreed that the council had the authority to give raises, set to go into effect next year.

Kincaid supports increasing pay, he said, but he said raises must be the result of a study to determine a fair amount and must be shared by other departments.

The mayor sued the council, claiming it had violated the Mayor-Council Act, which he said gives him the authority to set salaries.

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