Tuscaloosa Mayor holds open house on “Elevate Tuscaloosa” plan

Mayor Maddox says “Elevate Tuscaloosa” is a citywide project about opportunity, jobs and the future.

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - As we told you last week, Mayor Walt Maddox is laying out a big vision to transform Tuscaloosa into a more technology driven city. Wednesday, residents got a chance to see what the “Elevate Tuscaloosa” plan is all about.

Maddox’s proposal calls for a one-cent sales tax increase that the mayor says will generate $250 million over the next 10 years for 19 projects including an events center, basketball complex and expanding Pre-K among other projects. People we spoke with are optimistic about it.

“By in large, I think this is a really great opportunity for Tuscaloosa to grow. You know if you are not growing. I mean whether it’s a business, a city or person, you’re kind of dying,” said resident David Pass.

“Obviously raising taxes that’s something within itself but if you look at the bigger picture I think its going to be very positive for the community,” another resident said.

Mayor Maddox says “Elevate Tuscaloosa” is a citywide project about opportunity, jobs and the future. City council could vote on the mayor’s proposal in the coming weeks.

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