Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Bill allows cities to spend on federal property


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill to allow municipalities to use city budget funds to enhance economic development and lease properties to federal or military interests has passed the Alabama House.

The budget isolation resolution is meant to streamline the way cities and counties allocate the budgets to expand business with the federal government. It allows municipalities to provide buildings, facilities and properties for lease to the federal government.

The bill passed Thursday without opposition. Rep. Phil Williams, a Republican from Madison, says it will affect Madison County, which has seen rapid growth in the past three years. Madsion is home to several military installations.