DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Records are showing that a majority of people working for the city of Decatur do not live in the city.
City records show only 206 of the city’s 509 full-time employees actually live in Decatur, according to our news partners at the Decatur Daily.
They are living outside of the city, as far away as Foster Mills, Georgia, and Joelton, Tennessee.
Hartselle has the second-largest population of Decatur city employees at 73.
City Councilman Charles Kirby says the city doesn’t do a good job of promoting the value of living in the city in which they work. He also says the council should consider an incentive, such paying a new employee more if they live in the city.
Meanwhile, Councilman Billy Jackson is concerned that so many city employees don’t live in Decatur, and says where city employees live is an economic issue.
“Someone who lives in the city improves our economy and our level of services. When you live here, you spend your money here.” said Jackson.
Mayor Tab Bowling and Councilman Chuck Ard, however, don’t think where the city employees live is an issue. Bowling said he doesn’t think incentives to live in Decatur are necessary.