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Madison City Council adopts budget for upcoming fiscal year

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) -- City council members say Madison's $34 million operating budget is balanced and will carry the city into the new year. Monday, Madison's city council adopted the budget at its meeting.

"We worked really hard for the past couple of months," said Madison City Council member Steve Smith.

Smith said the budget puts money to roads, which has been a priority in Madison for the past few years.

"It's an everyday battle," he explained. "For years, Madison kind of put all of our money into our schools, building up our school program and overlooked our roads. For the past 3 or 4 years, we've been able to chip out some money for roads and been able to handle infrastructure."

Smith said the new budget pushes $2 million to roads, including $1 million to collector road maintenance and $600,000 to neighborhood roads.

"We've got to handle the growth. We're a growing community, we've got some old roads that need to be addressed. You have to do what you have to do," he explained. He said the new budget allows for repaving Palmer Road.

A pumper truck is on order for the fire department, and the new budget also allows for a new ladder truck. Firefighters in Madison Fire & Rescue say they sold their old ladder truck because it was old, and starting to become unsafe. They're really looking forward to having a new one, to reach high flames.

The new budget also gives employees a 3% cost of living adjustment (COLA.)

"It's what we felt like we could afford, so it's what we went with," he said.

Not everyone was excited about the budget. Gerald Clark picked apart the budget as it related to the Arts Council and chamber of commerce. He ended up voting against the budget, the only dissenting vote when it passed Monday evening.