TUSCALOOSA COUNTY COMMISSION OKS 2017 BUDGET
The Tuscaloosa County Commission today approved fiscal year 2017’s budget.
Totaling nearly $92 million, the budget features a 2 percent raise for the county’s 500 employees and goes into effect Oct. 1.
Tuscaloosa County Chief Financial Officer Bill Lamb said $400,000 of that budget was pulled from the county’s reserve fund.
“We’re in unusual times now with our revenues kind of stagnant,” Lamb said. “With Jim Walter (Resources, now known as Warrior Met Coal) and coalbed methane, so to keep operations at the same level we had to supplement.”
Several projects, such as planned renovations to the county courthouse, were put on hold because of a lack in funding.
Most county-funded projects were kept as part of the budget, but funding for Tuscaloosa’s Tourism and Sports Commission and the Tuscaloosa Spay and Neuter Incentive Program had their funding cut.
The Tourism and Sports Commission gets its funding primarily through the city, Lamb said.
TSNIP is a local nonprofit focused on education and a catch, neuter, release program for feral cat colonies around Tuscaloosa.