In the end, the new budget for Montgomery passed without a dissenting vote, but some changes were needed from the original proposal to make that happen. The 254 million dollar spending plan was approved by the city council at last night’s meeting. Much of the consternation around the budget had to do with the proposed reduction of trash pickup to only one day a week. After some backlash from city residents, the council ultimately raised garbage fees, but kept trash pickup at two times per week.
The council also raised the gas tax by three cents. The increased revenue will be put toward rising health care costs, infrastructure and roadway improvements, merit raises, public safety needs and reserve funds.