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Decatur's mayor looks to cut typical merit increase

Those positions include: fire and rescue positions and seven, unfilled, parks and rec positions. Kyle also wants to cut the typical merit pay increase for city workers in half or freeze it altogether. (Source: WAFF) Those positions include: fire and rescue positions and seven, unfilled, parks and rec positions. Kyle also wants to cut the typical merit pay increase for city workers in half or freeze it altogether. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The City of Decatur is looking at a $1.6 million shortfall for the 2015 fiscal year.

There's little time to get the budget in place. It takes effect in five weeks.

Mayor Don Kyle is not pushing to lay off any current workers, but he is proposing cutting several unfilled positions in order to make budget.

Those positions include: fire and rescue positions and seven, unfilled, parks and recreation positions. Kyle also wants to cut the typical merit pay increase for city workers in half or freeze it altogether. 

The mayor said a projected decrease in tax revenue collected from TVA, Decatur Utilities, and the city's gasoline tax, combined with flattening sales tax revenue, have put the city in a tight financial spot. He attributes Morgan County's rising unemployment to flattening sales tax revenue.

"That shows how serious the budget situation is this year that we're looking at even considering merit raised being frozen and things like that. But I would much rather freeze merit raises for all employees than have to lay off one that is already at work," said Kyle.

Kyle said with regard to priority services - fire, police, sanitation, etc., the city council will not allow those services for residents to suffer.

"I don't think we'll notice a drop-off anywhere. We have, during this fiscal year, had most of the positions that are vacant now held open in order to reduce our expenditures during Fiscal (Year) '14."

The city council will vote on the budget, which will take effect Oct. 1.

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