The following is Mayor Walt Maddox’s 2017 Inauguration Address, delivered on May 22 at the Tuscaloosa River Market.

Mayor Walt Maddox 
Monday, May 22, 2017 
Tuscaloosa River Market 

In October 2001, I remember standing on the stairs inside City Hall waiting for the inaugural procession to begin, and thinking about what would the future would hold. 

Nearly 16 years later, I can still feel the excitement, energy and anxiousness that comes with taking an oath to serve your community.  

It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years now since the City of Tuscaloosa set up and launched its 311 call center.

“From day one I wanted our government to be as transparent, accessible and efficient as possible,” said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who spearheaded the creation of 311 after he was first elected mayor in 2005. “311 was the first of many open government initiatives we have done in the past 10 years, and I am truly proud with how this team has stepped up to meet the needs of our citizens.”

By Walter Maddox

On Monday, May 22, I will be sworn in for my fourth term as mayor. I am deeply honored by this opportunity, and feel very fortunate to serve my hometown. 

On May 23, I plan on presenting an ambitious agenda to the City Council for their consideration. We have made a tremendous amount of progress, but there is more to be done. 

Mayors from Alabama’s five largest cities met in Montgomery on April 20, where they urged state lawmakers to support issues critical to residents of Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, a constituency comprising nearly one third of the state's population.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the 11th Annual Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, April 29. The Mayor’s Cup is a 5K and 10K race in support of the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. 

The race starts and ends at Government Plaza behind City Hall. The route will go through downtown and cross through the Walk of Champions on the University of Alabama campus. 

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the 11th Annual Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup on Saturday  April 29. The Mayor’s Cup is a 5K and 10K race in support of the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. 

The race will start and end at Government Plaza behind City Hall. The route will go through downtown and cross through the Walk of Champions on the University of Alabama campus. 

The honor of serving as mayor is earned by your trust, and ultimately your ballot. Across political, racial and socioeconomic lines, the people of Tuscaloosa affirmed with emphasis that we must never stop believing in our great City. The results were humbling to say the least.

More and more extended relatives are helping to care for relatives’ children. What if they need help? That’s where the Family Guidance Center’s “Kids and Kin” program comes into play. It is a free program designed to provide support and assistance for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings who provide childcare for their relatives’ kids.

Area residents turned out at the polls on Tuesday, March 7, to decide several key government races and seats on the Tuscaloosa City School Board.

Unofficial results are in (results won’t be official until canvassing on March 14), and these are the winners in each race – or those headed into a runoff on April 18.

Area residents who want to learn more about exactly how their tax dollars are being spent now have access to that information, thanks to a new effort by Tuscaloosa city officials.

The city of Tuscaloosa has launched an online financial transparency portal, an effort officials say will allow the city to strengthen its accountability, allowing taxpayers to see where funds are budgeted and how funds are spent.

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