Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has proposed a 1-cent increase in sales tax for a plan he calls “Elevate Tuscaloosa.” 

If approved, Maddox’s proposal would bring the city’s sales tax up to 10 percent. Maddox said the 1-cent sales tax increase, which will occur over the next three decades, could generate as much a $250 million in funding for education, recreation, and transportation. 

I hope that you have had a moment in recent weeks to review my plan to Elevate Tuscaloosa. I believe this is the most important proposal I have made in my 13 years serving as your mayor. We are in rapidly changing times as local and national forces are reshaping our economic landscape in Tuscaloosa. History demonstrates that it is in the good times that we must aspire to be great.  

Mayor Walt Maddox has appointed the City’s current internal auditor, Carly Standridge to replace Mark Fields as city clerk, effective March 1.

The city of Tuscaloosa’s current City Clerk, Mark Fields, has been named the new chief human resources officer. Mayor Maddox named Field to the position, effective on Feb. 1.

Mayor Walt Maddox has appointed Susan Snowden as chief financial officer, which went into effect Dec. 15.

The City of Tuscaloosa has won nine awards in the past year for its use of an online and social media presence.

“Our website and social media sites all reach different people in our community who come from different demographics and backgrounds,” said Deidre Stalnaker, Tuscaloosa’s Communications Director. “It is important for us to tailor what we say and do to the people we are reaching to meet them where they are and make communication easy.”

As UA students finish summer school, and other return to campus for the fall, moving in and out results in a ton of garbage in Tuscaloosa. On Monday, July 30, the city of Tuscaloosa began offering longer customer service hours - and additional dumpsters to meet the increased demand.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Mayor Nancy Denson have made a friendly wager for the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Now that the holidays are over, residents who wish to recycle their Christmas trees and other greenery can do so. The city of Tuscaloosa is accepting and recycling live Christmas trees through Sunday, Jan. 14.  

In recent months, I’ve discussed the City of Tuscaloosa’s budget and its lackluster revenue growth. One of the byproducts of this anemic growth is not being able to invest in longer-term assets that City departments need to operate.

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