By Cady Inabinett, Editor in chief
In a brief meeting on Sept. 25—lasting approximately ten minutes from start to finish—the Montevallo City Council approved the city’s budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.
The budget, which was introduced at the previous council meeting on Sept. 11, was passed unanimously by the council without any discussion.
The proposed budget plans for nearly $8.3 million in revenue and nearly $7 million in expenditures. In discussion at the Sept. 11 meeting, City Clerk Steve Gilbert explained that some of the biggest changes in this year’s budget allow for wage increases for city employees and increases in the cost of insurance.
After the council voted to approve the budget, Mayor Rusty Nix celebrated its passage, saying, “Congratulations on our third budget.”
In addition to approving the budget, the council approved several measures related to events in the city. This included allowing Montevallo Main Street to close a section of Valley Street spanning from Shelby Street to the exit of Merchant’s Alley—the parking lot behind some Main Street store fronts— and waive vendor fees for a Dia de los Muertos event. This event is set to be held on Nov. 2.
The council also approved closing Main Street for two parades. The first is the annual Fire Prevention Parade, which will be held on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. The second will be Montevallo High School’s homecoming parade, which will be held on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.
The next city council meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at City Hall and livestreamed on the city’s Facebook page.
Cady Inabinett is the editor in chief of The Alabamian. She’s majoring in English and double-minoring in political science and peace and justice studies. She enjoys reading, watching movies, caring for houseplants and generally just being pretentious in her free time.