Inaccuracy and unfairness in the property tax assessment process mean some homeowners, especially those in poorer areas, pay a disproportionate share of the overall tax burden.View Report
Reductions in state subsidies are one reason for Decatur’s predicament, but long-running pension woes are an even larger source of pain.
The Decatur City Council moved to stop paying $20,000 to sponsor a golf tournament with the village of Forsyth, a sensible move for a shrinking city operating on a budget deficit.
With countywide population dipping, remaining taxpayers in Macon County are being left with an ever-increasing property tax bill.
Seven metro areas across the state lost jobs over the month.
Revisions from the Bureau of Labor Statistics flipped Decatur’s jobs growth from negative to positive over the year, though the growth was meager.
Decatur’s population is shrinking, but earnings for the city manager continue to grow.
After passing an unbalanced budget in 2017, Decatur will have to address its declining population and revenue as it looks ahead to crafting future budgets.
Decatur is the fastest-shrinking city in the state since 2010, and saw some of the heaviest jobs losses among metro areas in 2017.
As its population and tax base erode, the city of Decatur passed a budget for fiscal year 2018 more than $3 million in the red.
Decatur lost 3,400 residents from 2010 to 2016, or about 4.5 percent of its population.