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Multi-million dollar Decatur budget vote postponed

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A vote for the 2014 fiscal budget for the city of Decatur has been postponed. City leaders agreed Monday night to wait a few weeks to vote on the multi-million dollars for the Mayor's proposed budget.

The proposed budget is $55 million. Mayor Don Kyle said the revenue stream is only expected to be up about one percent over last year's budget. With this budget, nonprofit organizations like Arc of Morgan County and Hospice of the Valley would have their funding wiped out. Mayor Kyle said the decision to cut their funding was carefully thought out and they tried to take care of the ones that are more reliant on the city.

"Those that are highly depending on the city we tried to protect and take care of," he said.  "We tried to look at what percent of their total budget the city had typically provided and most of them we provided three percent or less of their total operating budget." 

Councilman Billy Jackson said more time needs to be given to this current budget before a final vote is given.

"We have to move forward with a definite budget and something that will work for our citizens and our city but the budget that's presented to us is not one that's workable for the city," he said. "When we cut those things out we are hurting not only that organization but we are hurting that community as a whole." 

The budget will be back on the agenda for the next city council meeting October 21st.

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