The $ 150 million budget approved by Hoover City Council for FY2022 includes funds to hire four new police officers for a new police operation at the Riverchase Galleria.
There is also cash for three new park and recreational caretakers, a human resources specialist, $ 6.6 million for road projects, $ 2.2 million for sidewalks, and $ 2 million for public safety capital needs.
City officials plan to spend approximately $ 126 million from the city’s general fund, $ 16.7 million from a special income fund, and $ 8.3 million from the capital project fund.
Hoover Council President John Lyda said council members have been cautious about spending for the past two fiscal years due to COVID-19 and are pleased to see residents and visitors continue to spend money and generate income in Hoover which the city officials did not expect.
The additional revenue has allowed city officials to recover about $ 2 million from the $ 10 million expense cut in the belt tightening, said CFO Tina Bolt. Part of this spending includes travel and professional development training.
Lyda said he was also pleased to see the money was available for pavement projects that have been “in the funnel” for a number of years.
The $ 2.2 million proposed for sidewalk projects include:
âº US $ 600,000 for the first phase of pedestrian walkways in Russet Woods with traffic calming from South Shades Crest Road to Guyton Road
âº $ 320,000 for a sidewalk on Sulfur Springs Road from Preserve Parkway to Al Seier Road
âº $ 265,000 for sidewalks on Al Seier Road east of Sulfur Springs Road to Shades Mountain Park
âº $ 265,000 for a sidewalk on Oriole Drive between Star Lake Drive and Deo Dara Drive
âº USD 265,000 for sidewalk sections on Inverness Center Drive between Valleydale Road and US 280
âº $ 265,000 for a sidewalk on Old Columbiana Road from Patton Chapel Road to Green Valley Elementary School
âº $ 265,000 for a sidewalk extension and drainage improvements on Maiden Lane from Savoy Street to Cloudland Drive
âº $ 100,000 for various sidewalk materials and maintenance
Lyda said he was also proud to be able to fund the additional police presence at the Galleria and have money to keep garbage and recycling services up and running without charging residents a separate fee.
The city council has technically approved to spend only 90% of the expected spending for the 2022 budget year and will re-examine the last 10% later in the budget year.
Curt Posey, chairman of the council’s finance committee, said the council will take another look at the budget mid-year and see if adjustments need to be made.
One area of ââparticular interest is Fire Chief Clay Bentley’s request to hire seven new firefighters / paramedics so that the division can fill a fifth medical rescue unit in its frontline fleet.
Mayor Frank Brocato did not include the additional staff in his budget recommendation to the city council. City Administrator Allan Rice said he and the mayor wanted to collect more data to justify hiring seven new firefighters / paramedics, which Rice said would cost at least $ 480,000 a year.
Bentley believes the city will bring in more than $ 1 million a year in additional fees for moving people to hospitals as private ambulance companies stop serving Hoover, which it believes should more than pay for the additional staff.
But Rice said he and the mayor want to analyze actual revenues and costs for a few more months before deciding whether to recommend additional hires.
The budget of 150 million
City officials plan to spend about 47% of the city’s proposed 2022 budget – or $ 80.7 million – on salaries and benefits. This is an increase of $ 1.3 million over the revised budget for fiscal year 2021. The budget for 2022 also includes a gradual increase of 5% for employees and a cost of living adjustment of 1.5%.
The eight new jobs to be created for city workers should end up costing the city only about $ 130,000, as the city expects to save $ 175,000 in overtime by creating the four new jobs for police officers, cutting one position as a park attendant and delete contracts for lawn mowing with external providers, show records.
Records show that 14 other employee positions in the city have been approved for upgrades due to expanded duties, which should cost about $ 112,000.