Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox Presents 2019 Budget Recommendation to City Council

Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox Presents 2019 Budget Recommendation to City Council City of Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox presented his recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2019 operating budgets at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The budgets comprise the general fund and the water and sewer fund.

Specific comments and recommendations in Maddox's budget include:

-The $155,105,724 general fund budget and the $54,074,701 water and sewer fund budget totals combined operating budgets of $209,180,425.

-Employee cost of living adjustment of 2 percent and one step increase are included.

-The 2018 budget includes a $1 adjustment on residential and non-residential garbage, trash and recycling rates and a 1 percent increase in water and sewer rates, the lowest water rate increase in recent City history. The City currently subsidizes $1.8 million a year for environmental services, saving each customer $78 a year.

“We continue to do more with less and are driving Tuscaloosa’s economy into a 21st century model,” Maddox said. “While our estimated loss to online sales is still $5.3 million annually, our evolution to an experienced-based economy is starting to take shape, as evident in our 40 percent increase in lodging tax revenue since 2014 and 6 percent business license revenue growth in that same period.”

For a complete review of the proposed budget, visit Tuscaloosa.com/towardtomorrow.

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