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City Council Approves 2017 Budget

Published on September 23, 2016

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The Huntsville City Council unanimously approved a $197 million dollar operating budget Thursday night for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget contains a two percent cost of living raise for City employees, supports growth in the police department with eight new positions, and provides fleet improvements for fire, police and sanitation. City schools will receive $22.7 million.

In a separate vote, Council also approved $85.8 million in capital projects that positively impact residents’ quality of life, including more funding for parks, recreation, greenway infrastructure, road resurfacing and sidewalk repair. The capital budget also provides funding for corridor economic redevelopment throughout the city and $25 million toward Restore Our Roads projects. (View FY17 -2014 Capital Improvement Budget Presentation and FY17 – 1990 Capital Improvement Plan Presentation)

“We are grateful to our City Council for their thorough review of the proposed budget, for their thoughtful input, and full support,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “As a result, the City moves into the next fiscal year with a financially sound, balanced budget that continues a tradition of quality services and supports the exciting growth occurring in Huntsville.”

The budget represents a 3.1 percent increase over the 2016 operating budget. The City’s fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.