Dothan city leaders vote to approve budget for next two years

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The City of Dothan’s budget for 2020 and 2021 has been approved by the city commissioners.

The 2020 budget is estimated at $255 million while the 2021 budget will come in a little lower at $240 million.

“That includes a number of new capital improvement projects ranging from transportation projects to quality of life recreation projects,” City Manager Kevin Cowper said. “Just a variety of long term projects that have been on the horizon for a number of years.”

Mayor Mark Saliba said that he feels good with where the city is with the budget.

“We are in a great place to be able to discuss increasing road infrastructure, and discussing our pay to all of our employees,” Saliba said. “The compensation package that we’re able to offer them is tremendous.”

A combined capital improvement fund will also be in place starting during the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years.

“I’m really excited about what the city manager did,” District 4 Commissioner John Ferguson said. “He created an enterprise city fund, which puts all of our capital funding, capital projects into one fund. It gives us a little better clear picture of what all we have outstanding, what all’s been budgeted for with the money that’s been set aside will be tracked.”

Cowper said that this will enable them to connect their strategic planning to the budgeting process to see how projects can be realized.

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