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Huntland is soon to be the recipient of a BlueCross Healthy Place Park through a donation from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. This drawing depicts how the park will look once completed.

 

In addition to Cowan, the city of Huntland has included money in its 2020 budget to pursue a grant toward promoting tourism.

The $562,000 general fund budget includes a $32,143 appropriation in hopes of securing a $107,143 matching grant with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development being requested to chip in the remaining $75,000.

Huntland has been chosen to receive a total investment of $936,000 from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation in the form of a new city park complex.

The tourism enhancement funds would go toward constructing public restrooms that are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act at Huntland City Park at 209 College Ave. to go along with the City Park complex.

In April, Huntland was awarded a BlueCross Healthy Places Grant to construct the regional activity center.

The activity center will include a multi-faceted playground, walking trail and exercise stations.

Huntland’s grant application says a state-of-the-art activity center would attract Franklin County residents, plus people from southern Tennessee and northern Alabama.

Mayor Dolton Steele said he is optimistic Huntland will get the funding, and it would be a solid boost to the community’s economy.

The budget, which will go before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, for a final vote at 6:30 p.m. on June 17 does not include a property tax increase. That means the tax rate will remain at $1.03 per $100 in assessed property valuation with the annual taxes on a $100,000 home remaining at $257.50.

Steele said the budget includes money to build ADA-compliant steps at City Hall, perform drainage work at Hickory Drive and Cumberland Boulevard, and replace a 51-year-old maintenance shed with a new $100,000 structure.

The budget also includes $20,000 to go toward a second-hand police car and upgrades to two of the city’s water tanks at a total cost of $225,000.

Steele said the city is able to do a lot with what it has and is able to do so without raising property taxes.

“I’m glad we’re able to keep the tax rate down,” he said. “And we hope something doesn’t happen where we would have to raise taxes. We’re just trying to do the best with what we’ve got.”