Selma City Council passes $17.4 million budget for 2019


During a special meeting called Wednesday, the Selma City Council passed a $17.4 million budget for Fiscal Year 2019.

The budget passed with the support of Council President Corey Bowie, Councilmen Sam Randolph and Carl Bowline, Councilwomen Susan Youngblood, Miah Jackson, Angela Benjamin and Jannie Thomas. Meanwhile, Councilmen John Leashore and Michael Johnson abstained from the vote.

Wednesday marked the first time since 2016 that a budget has been passed in Selma, according to the Selma-Times Journal, as the city functioned on an amended 2016-2017 budget last year.

Last month, Mayor Darrio Melton presented a $22 million dollar budget to the council that they rejected. According to Bowie, Wednesday’s passed budget is a scaled down version of Melton’s.