Northport approves new budget, rezoning

Northport City Hall

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Maria Grenyo

Northport City Council approved its Fiscal Year 2022 budgets Monday, including a $37.5 million general fund and a $10.5 million water and sewer fund.

District 1 Council Member Christy Bobo said she’s excited the council got the budget OK’d ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline.

“It’s also really conservative and realistic at the same time,” she said.

The budget includes a 25% increase in funding for the Tuscaloosa Public Library and a 51% increase in funding for the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. TPL will receive $125,000 and PARA will receive $236,000.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox requested Northport and the Tuscaloosa County Commisson increase their contributions to the library and park systems because Northport residents use both.

“Our revenues are up,” Bobo said. “I know that that might seem a little different compared to other cities. Throughout the pandemic, we maintained consistent revenues, and they’ve actually increased, so we were able to in turn give back more to the community.”

Other budget amounts include:

  • $7.7 million for the Northport Police Department
  • $7 million for the Northport Fire Department
  • $6.1 million for public works

Interested in looking at the budget? You can find it right here.

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