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Council approves $29M city budget

By RON HARRIS
Daily Mountain Eagle

Jasper City Council members Tuesday morning unanimously approved a record $29 million city budget for fiscal 2022. City leaders have worked for several weeks to put the budget together, Jasper Mayor David O’Mary said following Tuesday’s city council meeting. “It would be reasonable to think this is the largest budget we’ve ever had,” O’Mary said. "This far surpasses anything we’ve had previously.” “Fiscal 2021 has been a year that we couldn’t even start to imagine,” O’Mary added, “and I say that referring to how good it’s been. ”O’Mary said city leaders are confident revenue will be up more than 15 percent. “One of the big questions is, ‘Will our $29 million in revenue materialize?’” he said. “We think it’s very realistic that it will. ”O’Mary credited city workers — and specifically department heads — for helping to continue the city’s prosperous financial standing. “I’m so proud of our people who get up every day and run this city,” he said. “All of our departments operated within their budget — and we involved those same people with getting this budget put together — and we have no reason to believe it won’t be the same kind of performance in 2022.” One of the highlights of the new budget is a raise for city employees, O’Mary said. “Employee health insurance is going up, retirement is going up, so it’s good that we can give a pay adjustment to help offset those costs,” he said.
The pay raise for city employees will mark the sixth pay hike in the past five years.

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“Our people have really bought in to what were doing.,” the mayor said. “I told the people in the first few months of my first term that if they buy in to what we want to do, it will make a difference in the city. Certainly there was a high level of skepticism, but today they see the difference.
”City reserves are expected to top $14 million, O’Mary said, with approximately $1 million earmarked for capital outlay in the city’s parks and recre-ation department, with other expenditures elsewhere.
“We’re in a good economy, and our people are managing things well, so if we did have a downturn in the economy, we’re prepared to weather the storm,” O’Mary said. “And that’s a good feeling.”

In other business, council members:


•held a public hearing and approved a restaurant retail liquor license for on-premise consumption for The Pie Factory of Jasper, which is expected to open later this month at 1807 Sixth Avenue South in downtown Jasper.
•approved event permits for:— a Jasper High downtown pep rally that was held Sept. 30, and for any future pep rallies held on the courthouse square.— a Celebrate Down-town Jasper event hosted by Jasper Main Street Saturday, October 7.


— a Walker County Arts Alliance Downtown Block Party planned for Tuesday, October 19..
— a Fall Fest hosted by Northside Baptist Church and other area churches, set for Sunday, October 24.
— the annual Festival of Lights, planned for November 26 through December 31.
— the annual Walker County Christmas parade hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County. The parade, which was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is set for Tuesday, December 7, in downtown Jasper.

•appointed Brian Alexander as the tem-porary chairman of the newly-appointed Jasper Parks and Recreation board of directors.
•approved overnight travel for city council members who will be attending an Alabama League of Municipalities Leadership Institute November 1-3 in Mont-gomer y.
•adopted a resolution to terminate a contract with Jacksonville, Fla. based American Made Dumpsters.
•adopted a resolution to declare several pieces of city owned equipment as unneeded.
•adopted a resolution to set costs for one property that fell under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.
•approved a request to proceed with vacation of an unimproved 30-foot right of way on Jasper Industrial Development Board property along Whitehouse Road

 

 

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Located in northwest Alabama on Interstate Highway 22, Jasper is a thriving retail hub, center of growing industrial development and home to approximately 14,000 residents. Enjoying one of the top ranked education systems in the State of Alabama, ongoing renovated Park & Recreation programs and its close proximity to the outstanding recreation areas such as Smith Lake, Bankhead National Forest and the Warrior River makes it an attractive area for relocation. Mayor David O'Mary would like to welcome you to our city and web site.


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