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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:17 pm | Updated: 12:39 pm, Fri Dec 20, 2013.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - After four hours of discussion and hearing residents concerns The Huntsville City Council voted to pass the one cent sales tax increase, at their meeting Thursday night.

The tax increase will bring in around 30 to 34 million dollars for the city, most of that money will go to improving major roads in Huntsville. The city made a deal with the Alabama Department of Transportation to split the cost of the five year, 250 million dollar road plan.

Huntsville residents concerned about the sales tax increase voiced their opposition to the plan. The city council voted down one amendment that would let the sales tax only last for five years. The other amendment they voted down said the money could be used for roads only, not capital improvements.

The new sales tax increase will begin in March 2014. The road plan will also start in 2014 and last through 2017. The plan includes seven separate projects including adding over passes in congested areas and expanding roads.

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