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Tuscaloosa city leaders on Tuesday discussed whether the city would renew their contract with Tuscaloosa Amphitheater booking agent Red Mountain Entertainment.

At the city’s regular finance committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, Red Mountain’s owner explained exactly how acts are booked and why bigger acts aren’t coming.

It comes after a 5-1 vote not to renew their contract at last week’s City Council meeting. But this week was different, and their contract was unanimously approved during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Red Mountain owner Gay Wienberger told the committee that an artist can reject offers for several reasons, including a smaller fee than they’re expecting, scheduling conflicts or contractual obligations that bar them from performing in a certain area for a specific amount of time.

District 7 Councilwoman Sonya McKinstry, who voted against the contract renewal last week, said communication is key.

“I think the vote from (a week ago) was because there was still a lot of unanswered questions and things that we needed to discuss with Red Mountain,” she said. “I think that vote of ‘no’ was necessary.”

Red Mountain’s contract was granted a one-year extension.

In other City Council news:

After a month of budget meetings, the Tuscaloosa City Council approved Mayor Walt Maddox’s $197 million 2017 fiscal year budget.

The budget includes a $1 per month increase for garbage service, and another 2 percent increase for water and sewer services.

The garbage, water and sewer bump could mean pay raises of up to 3 perfect for all city employees, Maddox said.

“One of the things that’s kept this city strong for decades has been the fact that we are conservative when it comes to the budget,” Maddox said. “The reason why that matters is days like April 27, when you have to start spending millions of dollars a day, you want to make sure you have the resources to provide for your citizens.”

Tuscaloosa’s next Mayor’s Night Out event is Thursday at Black Warrior Brewing Company between 4 and 6 p.m.

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