Hoover plans on smaller budget

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - The city of Hoover will finally get a chance to get a new city budget.

Mayor Tony Petelos addressed the Hoover Service Club Thursday about the budget, which he said he plans to present to the city council on Monday night. Petelos said the new budget will total $85 million, down from $96 million in 2008. Petelos said pay raises for city workers are frozen for the first time ever and the employees will have to pay $100 more a month for health insurance.

"Even the city of Hoover, we are down, but we will be okay because we managed well," Petelos said.

Hoover's economy was hurt by a number of big box stores going out of business but Mayor Petelos said that is turning around in 2010.

There are still some unoccupied stores in Hoover, but many are filling up. A fabric store has taken over the old location of Marshalls on Highway 31, the old Circuit City in Patton Creek will be home to Buy Buy Baby, and the old Galleria Ten theater is now the location for Aveda Salon.

Petelos' budget will also contain $50,000 for mass transit. The mayor said he supports Birmingham Mayor William Bell's push to revamp the transit board.

"We need to look the transit system and what we can do differently in that regards," Petelos said.

So far, the city of Hoover has yet to take a position on the future of Highway 280. Petelos said the city will decide in the coming weeks if it will support the elevated highway plan or not.

"As a city we will look what is the best interest of our city of Hoover and our community and in the best interest of the our people and businesses," Petelos said.