Huntsville City Council Approves Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville City Council approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2013 in a 3-2 vote at tonight's council meeting.

Before approval, council members focused specifically on a lack of funding for area non-profits seeking first-time or additional funds.

Councilman Will Culver was pushing for the organizations to get funding from any leftover revenue from the 2012 budget.

"I am really baffled and mystified that my colleagues don't see fit to move forward with this," Culver argued.

Some of the organizations refused funding were:

  • Sci-Quest, seeking $25,000
  • Partnership for a Drug Free Community, $11,000
  • Huntsville Library, $25,000
  • Early Works, $25,000
  • Nexus Energy, $10,000
  • North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, $10,000
  • and the Media Arts Institute, $10,000

Several others were also denied tax dollars.

Culver and Richard Showers took a stand and voted against approving the budget.

Once the city has an estimate on how much money is left over from the 2012 fiscal year, they will then readdress how to divvy up those funds.

Members of the council voted unanimously to approve an incentive package for an expansion coming to Bridge Street Town Centre.