HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Tuesday night, the Huntsville City Council will be in special session reviewing the city’s budget for 2021.
Mayor Tommy Battle proposed the new $236 million budget during last week’s city council meeting. Tuesday, the council will be taking an in-depth look at it and considering adjustments.
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.
But they made mid-year cuts and adjustments, so they say they are ending the fiscal year on an even note.
Next year’s budget is an $8.1 million increase.
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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