City Council discusses Tuscaloosa Police, Fire Rescue budget proposal

Tuscaloosa Police

By WVUA 23 News Reporters Elise Anzaldua and Sarah Erickson

Tuscaloosa is working on its budget for Fiscal Year 2022, and today city leaders gathered for a rundown of the proposed Tuscaloosa Police Department and Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue budgets.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox introduced the FY 22 budget plan Aug. 27, but today’s meeting was to address the extensive budget changes for police and fire rescue designed to help improve retention.

Maddox said the Tuscaloosa Police Department loses one officer every two weeks, and 50% of the department’s officers have less than two years of experience on the force.  District 4 City Council Member Lee Busby said from what he’s seen, the council is in favor of the increased budget.

“The council seems pretty well to have a consensus to make this happen, and I think the next step is it showing up on their pay and then I think they will be very happy,” Busby said.

This vote, along with the larger budget approval, will be made by Oct. 1.

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