The City of Decatur's budget for 2014 is increasing just $96,469 over last year, and much of that will go to a two percent pay raise for all city employees.
After considerable scrutiny given the budget by city council members at their previous meeting, council on Tuesday night saw the numbers redone by Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright.
The budget for 2014 — actually, the proposed budget — now stands at $7,453,579, an increase of $96,469 over the current figure of $7,357,110.
Vickie Ellis, program specialist with the Adams County chapter of the American Red Cross, is asking the community to assist a family in need.
Ellis said a local family — a mother and three young children, ages 5, 3 and 5 months — due to circumstances beyond their control "find themselves needing to start a household after losing everything." Beds for the older two children and the mother are especially needed, said Ellis.
Three people suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle mishap at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 224 near Briarwood Trail, according to a Decatur Police Department report.
Police said the accident occurred when a westbound pickup truck driven by Matthew E. Wallace, 19, Harvester Lane, Decatur, allegedly went left of center into the path of an eastbound car operated by Jeremy L. Hileman, 35, Willshire, Ohio. Hileman told police he swerved into the ditch but was unable to avoid a collision with the truck.