Huntsville City Council reviews mayor’s proposed 236 million dollar budget

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville City Council spent much of the early evening Tuesday in a special session reviewing the city’s budget for 2021.

Mayor Tommy Battle proposed the new $236 million budget for fiscal year 2021. Battle says the city is taking a “cautious and conservative approach to next years spending.”

The city estimates they took about a $15 million hit due to the pandemic.

Yet, the Mayor also made it clear during the meeting that the budget will offer plenty of room for social services and the improvement of city infrastructure.

At the meeting, a number of city council members applauded the Mayor for creating a pragmatic, growth oriented budget during trying times.

Battle said mid year cuts and adjustments made in March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed the city to avoid running a deficit this year.

Next year’s budget is an $8.1 million increase over last years city fiscal plan.

Some proposed highlights in the proposal include:

  • A one percent pay increase for employees
  • a new fire station for west Huntsville
  • More than $10 million for street resurfacing and $26 million for street construction
  • More than $46 million for municipal facilities including a new city hall

The current city hall building is around 56 years old and the total cost of that project is estimated at $60 million.

Huntsville City Council members will hold a work session starting at 5 p.m. and the special session will follow.

Council members are expected to vote on final budget approval on September 24 in time for the October 1 start of the 2021 fiscal year.

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