Madison City Council scraps gas tax proposal

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)--  Madison City Council member Mike Potter's proposal for a gas tax increase has taken a detour.

Originally, the gas tax increase was to come to a vote at Monday's council meeting.  It was something council member Potter said was necessary to fix roads that would only continue to get worse.

As first order of business, though, Potter removed the increase from the agenda Monday. He said there's a new plan to make money to fund the city's road repairs.

"We had much more reserve fund percentage than we normally would expect," he explained.

Potter, and later council member Steve Smith, explained the city's finance committee found extra funds in Madison's budget during mid-year budget reviews. They said this comes from increased sales tax revenue and responsible budgeting through department cost-cutting.

Monday, the council voted to amend the city's operating budget, adding $1.2 million from the general fund to the engineering department. $500,000 of that will pay for collector road maintenance, said Potter. He said this is a method to pay for much-needed road repairs while avoiding the unpopular tax increase idea.

"Our city engineer can now plan, which is key to providing consistent regeneration of our roads, which are deteriorating," commented Potter.

He added that pending any unexpected costs to the city, this method would work for years to come.

"As long as we are the way we are now, there's no need for a gas tax [increase,]" he explained.



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