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Decatur council adds $407,000 to mayor's recommended budget

By Martin Burkey
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2441

The Decatur City Council didn't arrive at a 2006 budget during its work session Wednesday, but it added $407,000 to Mayor Don Kyle's recommended budget.

After more than three hours, the meeting broke up with the council planning to meet again possibly as early as Friday to continue discussions.

Much of the spending added back included charities and nonprofit groups that Kyle zeroed or cut in his request as not specifically aimed at general community functions. The city's final 2005 revenue numbers, including sales taxes, are still unofficial.

Finance Supervisor Linda McKinney projected a revenue increase of roughly 2.4 percent over 2004.

Kyle wants to hold 2006 spending to 2005 revenues to use revenue increases to create a capital budget for replacing vehicles and other big-ticket items.

Among the agencies and projects either restored or increased:

  • $69,000 for aerial mapping.
  • $5,000 for a grant to study interim improvement to Alabama 20 between Decatur and Interstate 565.
  • $27,000 to repair an overturned sanitation truck.
  • $80,000 for the Economic Development Authority
  • $5,500 for Hospice of the Valley.
  • $50,000 for the Free Clinic.
  • $20,000 for Main Street Decatur and the Downtown Redevelopment Authority with up to $15,000 additional to match what the organizations raise themselves.

    Council members also added funding to mental health organizations, Meals on Wheels, Foster Grandparents, and the Beautification Board.

    The council didn't discuss big-ticket items such as new fire stations, replacing some 25 police cars, or raises for employees and how to fund those increases.

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