Hoover approves new budget

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Hoover City Council voted 6-1 to approve an $84.6 million budget for fiscal year 2010.

The budget is almost $3 million smaller than last year's budget. It also features overall reduced operating expenses, 4 job cuts,and $50,000 for transit.

Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos said the smaller budget is the result of less sales tax revenue coming into the city, but he said the budget is balanced, and will carry the city through the rest of the fiscal year.

"I feel very fortunate in city of Hoover because even with our cuts are we are a great city in great shape," said Mayor Petelos, "We haven't reduced services at all that the public would notice."

Councilor John Greene cast the one vote in opposition of the budget. He was concerned the public didn't get a fair chance to hear about the budget, and was worried about cutting 4 city jobs.

"I do not feel or know that every stone was turned as far as saving money for city before we laid any employee off," said Greene, "I didn't feel good about it without knowing we had done that."

The budget also features a one year, $50,000 agreement with the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority.

The budget goes into effect immediately. The city had been operating on the budget for fiscal year 2009.