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1-cent sales tax increase considered to fund road project

The city must raise half of the $250 million estimated to complete seven area road projects. The city must raise half of the $250 million estimated to complete seven area road projects.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is considering a one-cent sales tax increase for the city to help fund several road projects being supported, in part, by the state of Alabama.

The state has agreed to help fund half of the $250 million that was estimated for the total cost. That support, however, would happen only if the city of Huntsville agreed to pay for the other half.

A city official familiar with the mayor's plans said the sales tax increase is the most likely route the city will take to pay for the second half of the plan. However, the official cautioned that the mayor has not yet made a final decision.

With $250 million, the city is planning to fund seven road projects, which would include a new interchange on U.S. 72 at Moore's Mill Road. 

The mayor will make his recommendation to the Huntsville City Council at their regular meeting Thursday night.

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