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Come join staff and residents on the Marta Plaza tonight from 5-7 p.m. to learn about the fiscal year 17-18 budget. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll move to the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street.

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Tuesday, March 21, 5-7 p.m. on the Decatur Square

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Get an up-close and personal look at the city’s budgeting process at the free Touch-A-Budget event. See what “pending spending” is planned for the FY 2017-2018 city budget and how it supports the 2010 Strategic Plan principles developed by Decatur residents. Talk to representatives from all city departments and play budget games for prizes. For information, check decaturga.com/budget.

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The Decatur City Commission will hold a work session on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to discuss challenges and opportunities in the FY16-17 proposed budget and FY15-16 revised budget.

Budget 2016

The work session will be held in the City Commission Meeting Room at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street and is open to the public. The work session will also be available for viewing online at https://www.decaturga.com/city-government/city-commission/streaming-video.

 

 

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The proposed FY 2016-2017 budget will be presented to the City Commission tonight during the regular meeting and will be publically available by Wednesday, May 18th. So if you’re interested in learning about what’s included in the proposed ”pending spending” plan, join Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold and Budget Manager Meredith Roark on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Community Budget Gathering will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street in the City Commission Conference Room.

This is your chance to find out how the budget process works and share feedback. Sign up today with Meredith, Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com or call 404-370-4102, if you think you’ll be attending.

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Come out to the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29th to experience the City’s proposed spending plan for FY16-17.  In addition to learning about the city’s plans for spending in the July 2016 – June 2017 fiscal year, the expo will feature music, food and prizes. A few of our city vehicles will be parked out front so if you were unable to make it to last Saturday’s Touch a Truck event due to the drizzle, you get a second chance to check some things out. The event is free and open to everyone in the community.

 

 

 

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The City of Decatur is hosting its annual Touch a Budget expo from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. Every one in the community is welcome at this free event. In addition to learning about the city’s plans for spending in the July 2016 – June 2017 fiscal year, the expo will feature music, food and prizes. The purpose of Touch a Budget is to engage people of all ages in the city’s budgeting process in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

For more information about this event or the city’s annual budget, visit www.decaturga.com/budget

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Budget 2015Come join us!

This year’s community budget gathering will be held tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street. This is your chance to find out how the budget process works and give your input.

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Budget 2015The proposed FY 2015-2016 budget will be presented to the City Commission on Monday, May 18th.

So if you’re interested in learning about what’s included in the proposed ”pending spending” plan, join Budget Manager Meredith Roark and Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold on Tuesday the 19th from 6pm to 7:30pm. The Community Budget Gathering will be held at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street.

This is your chance to find out how the budget process works and share feedback. Sign up today with Meredith, Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com or call 404-370-4102, if you think you’ll be attending.

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Touch a Budget: The Budget Expo is tomorrow! Come out to the Decatur Recreation Center on March 31st from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to find out what’s in store for FY2015-2016. The purpose of the expo is to engage people of all ages in the city’s budgeting process in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

The expo will feature music, food and prizes. The popular budget bingo game returns this year, appropriate for ages 5 to 105. Public safety and public works vehicles will be parked in front of the Recreation Center for children and adults to see up close. Expo attendees will also be able to visit the Visitors’ Center tent and sign up as special events volunteers.

For more information about this event or the city’s annual budget, visit www.decaturga.com/budget

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City of Decatur residents have six days to give their feedback (via Open City Hall) about the City of Decatur’s proposed FY2014-2015 budget.

Introduction

The City of Decatur’s Revised 2013-2014 and Proposed 2014-2015 budgets have been presented to the City Commission and is available to the public for review. The City’s budget is scheduled to be voted upon by the City Commission on June 16, 2014.

Do you support or oppose the adoption of this budget by the City Commission? Click here to have your say.

Background

The City Commission is considering balanced budgets that maintain existing service levels at the existing millage rate. Highlights of the proposed budget include:

  • No change in the City millage rate of 13 mills
  • Maintain existing service delivery levels
  • Continued focus on supporting and maintaining quality of life services
  • Implementation of strategic plan priorities
  • Capital improvements – Completion of Beacon Municipal Center
  • 3% merit-based market adjustment for all positions in January 2015
  • 2.5% merit increase for in-step, non-probationary employees
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements
  • Completion of a Unified Land Development Ordinance
  • Support of Decatur’s Kitchen Garden at the United Methodist Children’s Home

The proposed 2014-2015 budget reflects the City’s “vision-based” budgeting process which is guided by the 2010 Strategic Plan and the results of citizen and employee surveys that provide an understanding of the community’s priorities. Five interdepartmental vision-based budgeting teams convened around the four 2010 Strategic Plan principles and one team focused on support of exceptional public service based on innovation, professional expertise and creativity. In addition to descriptive narratives around each strategic plan principle, the budget quantifies how each principle is supported financially.

The proposed 2014-2015 General Fund budget totals $21,830,940. This is $1,177,150 higher than the adopted 2013-2014 budget of $20,653,790. The proposed 2014-2015 budget anticipates contributing $769,930 to fund balance. This would result in a remaining fund balance of approximately $5,862,150 at June 30, 2015 or approximately 27% of the operating budget. The City’s financial policies recommend maintaining a fund balance between 20-30% of the operating budget.

Overall, the budget combines conservative revenue estimates, prudent expenditure requests, responsible use of fund balance and a commitment to the city’s strategic plan and long-term vision.

For more detailed information about the proposed budget and City priorities, you can visit the City’s budget resources page.

A summary of the budget and descriptions of projects and programs can be found in these three documents:

City Manager’s Budget Message (180 KB PDF file)
Budget Narrative (2.3 MB PDF file)
Summary of Fund Budgets (1.9 MB PDF file)

Do you support or oppose the adoption of this budget by the City Commission? Click here to have your say.

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