The Madison County Commission is developing the Budget for the fiscal year starting October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009.
Madison County Commission Budget Hearings are set for June 24 and 25, the mornings of both days. — Madison County Courthouse, 7th floor, Commission Boardroom.
Here’s the most recent budget posted (FY2007) at the Madison County website.
Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie (D) said it’s too early to know how much tax money will be available to spend in the fiscal year… The county’s General Fund budget should grow from the current $37.3 million…
The county collected $168.5 million in property taxes in 2007, up $20.2 million from the year before. Property taxes, which provide about half of the county’s operating budget, have been growing steadily since Alabama switched to yearly property reappraisals in 2003. The average annual increase has been $14.6 million.
But not all of that money goes to the County Commission. The state, local schools and the Huntsville, Madison, New Hope, Gurley, Triana and Owens Cross Roads city councils also get a cut.
Commissioner Bob Harrison (D) makes some good suggestions (note that the City of Huntsville has weekly garbage pickup):
Commissioner Bob Harrison, D-Huntsville, said the county may have to switch to weekly garbage pickup to save fuel. Now, neighborhoods in Madison and some parts of the unincorporated county get twice-weekly service… He said he also wants to talk to Alabama A&M University about making biodiesel fuel for county garbage trucks.
…The board has until Sept. 30 to adopt a budget for fiscal 2008-09… Almost every county department and agency – about 40 in all – is asking commissioners for a budget bump…
…Mental Health Center of Madison County… has requested $75,000 from the county, which (MHC Director) Davis said would provide 20 to 25 people with therapy for a year. (Madison County Commissioner Faye) Dyer (R) said the agency is a good deal for taxpayers, because it keeps mentally ill people from ending up in jail and hospital psychiatric wards on the public’s dime.