Over the course of a two-hour meeting Tuesday, tensions and tempers flared as the Gadsden City Council held a public hearing on its proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which would cut funding for education by $200,000 while raising pay for the police and fire departments.

The Gadsden City Board of Education is funded by the city as an outside agency, and last year, the city gave a total of $1.1 million — $800,000 directly to the board and an additional $300,000 earmarked for reading and math programs.

In the proposed budget, the direct funding to the board of education increases to $900,000, but there is no appropriation for the reading and math programs, so the result is a loss of $200,000.

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