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Are you interested in learning more about the City’s FY17-18 budget? There are a few ways for you to get involved between now and adoption day on June 19, 2017.

  1. Take some time to read through the budget document. It’s available online at www.decaturga.com/budget. Or if you prefer to look at a hard copy, head over to the Decatur Library reference desk (215 Sycamore Street) or stop by the City Clerk’s Office (509 N. McDonough Street) to check one out.
  2. Attend a public hearing and let the City Commission know your thoughts on the budget and the 2017 millage rates. We have three public hearings scheduled in the coming weeks – Monday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m.; Monday, June 19th at 3:30 p.m.; Monday, June 19th at 7:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in the City Commission Meeting Room at Decatur City Hall (509 N. McDonough Street.)
  3. Let us know your thoughts via the Open City Hall forum. If attending a meeting at City Hall just doesn’t work for you, you can still let the City Commission know your thoughts by sharing them here.
  4. Watch the archived video of the City Commission work session focused on the FY16-17 revised budget and the FY17-18 proposed budget. An archived video of the session is now available on the City’s website.

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Check it out – www.decaturga.com/budget

If you’d prefer to look through a hard copy, there are public copies available for review in the City Clerk’s Office, City Manager’s Office and Personnel Office (509 N. McDonough St) as well as at the Decatur Library (215 Sycamore St.)

Curious to learn more about the city organization and this year’s proposed budget? Tune in this upcoming Monday (5/22/17) to the City’s streaming video feed to watch and listen to City Manager Peggy Merriss talk about these topics during the 3rd edition of our new web series “Open Office Hour.”

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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.

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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 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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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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budget-mtgThe community is invited to participate in the City of Decatur Budget Focus Group kick-off meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Conference Room on the first floor of City Hall at 509 N. McDonough Street.  This will be the first of three focus group meetings regarding the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget.  Subsequent meetings are scheduled for April 14, 2009 and May 12, 2009. 

 

The budget focus group meetings were first held in 2002.  Because of the success and contribution of the focus groups to the budget process, the City continues to invite active citizen participation in the budget process through these focus groups.

 

The goal of the focus group meetings is to provide relevant budget and financial information in an informal environment so that participants can better understand the City’s budget process including how revenue and expenditure recommendations are made.  The first meeting will provide an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns  about the City’s budget and tax rates as well as providing citizen insight into what should be the City’s financial priorities for the coming year.  City staff will be available to respond to questions and provide an overview of the budget process. 

 

In preparation for the first meeting, you may want to review the current fiscal year 2008-2009 budget on the City’s website at http://www.decaturga.com/cgs_citysvcs_atr_budget.aspx

 

Please notify Andrea Arnold by March 9th at (404) 370-4102 or andrea.arnold@decaturga.com if you will be attending.  Feel free to contact Andrea if you have any questions prior to the meeting. 

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