first_imgMORE ON ELEVATE TUSCALOOSA:Walt Maddox: Plans for Elevating Tuscaloosa: Feb. 20, 2019Walt Maddox: Looking Ahead: Feb. 21, 2019Elevate Tuscaloosa Plan Voted Down: March 6, 2019Elevate Tuscaloosa Could be Brought Back Up for a Vote: March 26, 2019Elevate Tuscaloosa Plan Back in Discussion Phase: April 8, 2019 The Tuscaloosa City Council passed Elevate Tuscaloosa with a 5-2 vote, with councilman Kip Tyner and councilwoman Cynthia Almond voted against it for a second time.This approval means the council passed the one-cent sales tax increase, but not the pre-proposed projects. The council will have to vote individually on each of the 21 proposed projects in the Elevate Tuscaloosa plan.As part of the plan, Mayor Walt Maddox asked the legislature for permission to exempt the city’s grocery tax. If the legislature votes that down, the city would exempt the residential garbage tax.Maddox predicts Elevate Tuscaloosa can generate $250 million over the next 10-15 years, moving Tuscaloosa from a retail economy to an experience economy. For instance, $18 million potentially will go to the McDonald Hughes Center, which is the AAU basketball complex, and $5 million is currently earmarked for the Western Riverwalk, just to name a few.“What the council demonstrated whether for or against is they care about the city they want to see us move forward and now we have this awesome responsibility its even much more difficult passing that over the next few years that we take this responsibility and we implement it in such a way that it certainly takes our city to the next level I can’t wait to get to work tomorrow,” Maddox said.The mayor said it will take anywhere from six to 12 months before plans turn to action.last_img read more