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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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Budgeting is Fun!

Pages from Budget-cover-and-dividers-2014Come join us!

The second community budget gathering will be held tonight from 7:00 to 8:30 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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Pages from Budget-cover-and-dividers-2014The proposed FY 2014-2015 budget will be presented to the City Commission on Monday, May 19. So if you’re interested in learning about what’s included in the proposed “pending spending” plan, join Budget Manager Meredith Roark, Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold and others on Tuesday the 20th from 7pm to 8:30pm. This second 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.  If you missed the first Community Budget Gathering back in April, don’t worry. Participation then is not required to attend Tuesday’s meeting. 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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There are still a few spaces available for tomorrow’s Community Budget Gathering. We’ll be meeting at Universal Joint from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. so if you missed March’s Budget Expo (Touch-a-Budget), this is your chance to find out how the budget process works and give your input. Contact Budget Manager Meredith Roark at Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com or 404-370-4102 if you plan to attend.

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The City of Decatur is hosting a Community Budget Gathering on Tuesday, April 8th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at Universal Joint, 906 Oakview Road. Join Budget Manager Meredith Roark, Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold and others interested in learning about the city’s budget process.If you missed the Budget Expo, this is your chance to find out how the budget process works and give your input.

This is the first of two meetings. The second meeting will be at City Hall in May. Click here to find the current 2013-2014 budget. Space is limited so sign up today with Meredith at Meredith.Roark@decaturga.com or call 404-370-4102.

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The Budget Expo is tonight!  Stop by anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center to check out what’s been proposed for inclusion in the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget.

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