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Questions on board application stir up controversy in Decatur

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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

If you want to become a Decatur Board Member, you'll now have to provide additional information. On Monday, councilors voted 4-1 to approve a rule change, paving the way for the rewording of board member applications.

The application for positions like that of a Parks and Rec board member will now include questions about the applicant's education level and job history.

There are five districts in Decatur. Councilman Billy Jackson serves District 1, which is predominately low-income. He believes these added questions will prevent people from his district from serving.

"This is a mechanism for them to exclude certain portions of our city," said Jackson.

But Decatur Mayor Don Kyle disagreed, explaining the council's thought process behind the change.

"The idea is to have diversity and great qualifications, along with somebody who will show up on a regular basis. So all those things are going to be considered, no matter who applies," said Kyle.

The new questions will be added to the application immediately.

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