Good Hope council passes FY 2021 budget

Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett, left, and Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Good Hope, right, share a laugh at Monday night’s Good Hope City Council meeting. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – The Good Hope City Council on Monday night passed the City’s FY 2021 $1.97 million budget. The projected revenue for the coming year is $2.28 million, up $400,000 over last year, with just over $241,000 in projected alcohol tax revenues. The budget includes a 3% pay raise for City employees.

The council approved more than $75,000 in donations from alcohol tax revenue and created a “wish list” of improvement projects around the city.

Those receiving donations in FY 2021 include:

  • Good Hope Primary School- $4,000
  • Good Hope Elementary- $4,000
  • Good Hope Middle School- $4,000
  • Good Hope High School- $14,500
  • Good Hope Fire and Rescue- $16,000
  • AirEvac Life Team- $8,975
  • Good Samaritan Clinic Health Clinic- $1,500
  • Margaret Jean Jones Center- $1,000
  • WellStone Behavioral Health- $3,000
  • Cullman Caring for Kids- $2,500
  • Cullman County Soil & Water Conservation District – $1,500
  • North Alabama Agriplex- $2,500
  • Cullman County Emergency Management Agency- $1,500
  • American Legion Post 4- $500


Improvement project wish list items discussed included:

  • New LED streetlights around Exit 304
  • Doss Road bridge replacement
  • Repairs to the pedestrian bridge
  • Day Gap and Beech Grove Road intersection- replace pipe
  • Willow Springs manhole improvements
  • Teem Road, South Montcrest and area- reinforce the foundation
  • Industrial Road- repaving in cooperation with City of Cullman


Mayor Jerry Bartlett said of the list, “This will give you an idea; we are just kind of putting all these wish list or projects we would like to get done hopefully before we run out of money. We would like to get them all done, but we are just prioritizing the ones that have to be done right now. Maybe it will be a great year and we will bring in a lot of money and we will do them all!”


The council also reappointed Thelma Milligan to the Good Hope Planning Commission for six years. Dominic Gil was also appointed to the commission.

The City of Good Hope is planning its annual Halloween trick-or-treat event. This year, the City plans to host a drive-thru event at city hall. The costume contest will also be a bit different this year. Parents will be able to submit photos of their children. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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