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Decatur releases budget, plans to add 5 more positions to work force


Decatur releases budget, plans to add 5 more positions to work force

Decatur City Hall.

The city of Decatur has released its draft of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget. Highlights include a plan to hire five additional city workers “to address increasing service delivery demands.”

“The 2015-2016 Proposed Budget Estimates incorporate the reorganization of some functions and the addition of several new positions, some of whose costs will be covered by new or increased revenues or through the consolidation of part-time positions,” the budget summary says. “The primary purpose of these positions is to address resident, business and visitor requests for increased or improved quality or quantity of service.”

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The city is also is recommending reclassifying some older positions.

The recommended new and reclassified positions include:

– Two new crew workers to help maintain city facilities.

– One new Administrative Services Assistant

– Establishing the position of a city planner and eliminating the jobs of part-time preservation planner and temporary planning fellow.

“This position will be responsible for historic preservation design review and will be the staff to the Historic Preservation Commission as well as support for the Planning Director in providing zoning plan review, attending and scribing the minutes of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, assisting with meeting materials and various planning projects, task forces, comprehensive plan updates and ordinance changes,” the budget summary says.

– Create a Community Information Services and Volunteer Coordinator position.

The budget summary says, “Half of the funding for this position will be provided by the Decatur Tourism Bureau. This position will be responsible for organizing and managing volunteer customer service staff at the Decatur Tourism Bureau and at the front desk at the Police Department and Municipal Court at the Beacon Municipal Center.”

Here is the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 …

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