City Council approves lower tax rate, new budget

The Huntsville City Council passed a lower tax rate and approved a $62 million budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 on Tuesday.

The council approved a tax rate at 41.06 cents per $100 for 2014-15, one cent lower than the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The $62 million budget recommended by City Manager Matt Benoit underwent two changes from council, including two additional part-time positions at the Huntsville Public Library and an increase to the council member travel and training budget.

The library positions increase the budget approximately $22,000 and are geared to allow the library to have longer hours and keep current employees from overworking.

City council also unanimously approved agreements and bids for various construction projects across the city.

Of the authorized agreements – including Binkley & Barfield Consulting Engineers drawing up designs for the 7th Street Rehabilitation project and Klotz Associates for engineering services allocated for the Town Creek Sanitary sewer replacement project – the city manager was authorized to award a bid for the construction of sidewalks on University Avenue and Sam Houston Avenue.

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