Members of the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enact a citywide ordinance that requires residents to wear face coverings in any public place. The ordinance, which goes into effect on Monday, July 6, will be in effect for 30 days.

On June 11, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox amended an executive order originally issued on March 13 to extend the non-payment grace period for city utilities. The amended order extends this grace period for another 60 days until September 30, 2020. 

While the city, the state, and the country have been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, another important event has been occurring seemingly unnoticed. The 2020 Census launched on Apr. 1, continuing the constitutional mandate that every ten years the federal government counts the people residing in the country. The results of the Census provide the federal government with the ability to fairly determine federal grant funding to states and local governments, with over $675B to disburse. 

In late January of 2020, city officials in Tuscaloosa began monitoring and planning for a potential pandemic that was beginning to catch the attention of news outlets across the world. The quick transmission and international spread indicated an urgent need for preparation, even with the only known U.S. case being in the extreme northwest. 

On March 13, the first case of COVID-19 was documented in Alabama, and the City of Tuscaloosa moved from planning to action, as coronavirus's spread to Tuscaloosa appeared imminent. 

Residents who have questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and Tuscaloosa – now is the time to submit your questions to Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. The mayor will be holding a virtual town hall live to discuss COVID-19 efforts in the city on Wednesday, Apr. 8 at 3 p.m.

In recent town halls, Maddox and other city officials have answered questions from the public about the city’s response and precautions taken during the coronavirus pandemic.

To submit a question, visit Tuscaloosa.com/COVID19. To view the virtual town hall, go to the City of Tuscaloosa’s official Facebook page.

As cases of COVID-19 are identified and treated in Tuscaloosa, first responders, medical professionals, food service workers and city-wide essential personnel have gone above and beyond to provide crucial services to keep our city running as safely and as smoothly as possible.  To honor these workers during this unprecedented time, Mayor Walt Maddox is asking residents, local businesses, churches and local colleges and universities to join together in an effort to recognize these local heroes. 

In accordance with the Alabama Department of Public Health order, access to Tuscaloosa’s City Hall is restricted to the public effective immediately. Any necessary transactions can be conducted online, over the phone, through the mail, or through an on-site dropbox located in the City Hall drive-through.

Mayor Walt Maddox will (virtually) meet with Tuscaloosa residents in a live town hall to discuss COVID-19 efforts in the city on Wednesday, April 1 from 1-2 p.m. In recent town halls, Maddox and other city officials have answered questions from the public about the city’s response and precautions taken during the coronavirus pandemic.

To submit a question, visit Tuscaloosa.com/COVID19. To view the virtual town hall, go to the City of Tuscaloosa’s official Facebook page.

Several months ago, our City Council realized that Tuscaloosa is at a crossroads. With the next decade on the horizon, we need to set our sights on becoming not just a great city, but an elite one. Knowing that standing still is not an option, especially in this technology-driven century, our council passed the Elevate Tuscaloosa initiative. From the moment Elevate Tuscaloosa was proposed, the council knew that the generosity and imagination of this community would create unforeseen opportunities. On Dec. 13th, Tuscaloosa’s 200th birthday, we realized just such an opportunity. 

The Tuscaloosa County Commission approved a $100 million budget on Oct. 2 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The new budget increased over $7 million from last year’s total of $98 million and includes a 2% cost of living pay increases for county employees.

This is the 34th consecutive year county employees have received a cost of living pay increase.

“The Tuscaloosa County 2019-2020 budget is the largest in the history of the County and it is a balanced budget with no deficit spending,” said Tuscaloosa County Commissioner Stan Acker.

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