|Huntsville City Council Approves FY15 General Fund and Capital Fund Budgets
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - The Huntsville City Council voted unanimously tonight to approve a $ 246 million general fund operating budget for fiscal year 2015. Council members also adopted two 10 year capital plans that will provide $140 million next year in road and infrastructure improvements.
"This is a balanced, fiscally conservative budget that delivers on our commitment to provide quality services at the lowest possible cost to our taxpayers," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "I am grateful to our City employees for their ongoing effort to fully maximize the resources that are available."
Mayor Battle said the focus of this year's budget is public safety and infrastructure. The City will hire seven new police officers to form a dedicated task force to provide additional support for each precinct, and it will begin to replenish the officer's aging fleet and upgrade patrol cars with new technology. Revenues were also earmarked in the capital plan to fund the City's matching share of the $250 million Restore Our Roads projects with the State of Alabama.
Finance Director Randy Taylor said the operating budget is based upon a modest sales tax growth of three percent. The adopted budgets, including the 10-year capital plans, reflect a conservative projection of future revenues.
"While we are optimistic about our economic outlook for the future, our budgets reflect realistic and prudent planning," said Mayor Battle. "That discipline has allowed us to function well. I have met too many mayors in recent months who are cutting services and borrowing from reserves. Fortunately, this administration and our Council leadership have exercised self-constraint and good judgment in our financial planning and spending."
With the exception of public safety, department budgets and funding for outside agencies did not increase over 2014.
Highlights of the FY15 budgets:
Funding for 7 new police officers
Patrol car upgrades
$3.5 million in street resurfacing
$75 million in road construction (includes $50 million for Restore Our Roads)
$2 million for corridor redevelopment
$ 21 million for Huntsville City Schools
$18.3 million for outside agencies
$6.9 million for park and recreation projects
FY 15 Capital Plans || Budget Ordinace FY 2015
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Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), firstname.lastname@example.org
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