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City Council will meet Tuesday, June 5, in a business session and two work sessions. All three sessions are open to the public.
Council's meeting will begin with a special work session at 5:30 p.m. to continue developing a budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1 and continues through June 30, 2019.
The regular business session will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a second work session.
The business session will be held in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building, which is located at 427 Patton Street. Both work sessions will be held on the same floor, but across the hall in the Council Conference Room.
River City TV, the city’s government access channel, will air the business session. Watch it live on cable (Comcast channel 10 and Gamewood channel 122) or streaming on the River City TV Facebook page.
River City TV does not air work sessions, but they are open to the public.
In March, City Manager Ken Larking submitted to City Council a proposed budget that maintains basic city services and programs, addresses budget challenges, and invests additional money in crime reduction initiatives, public schools and projects designed to grow Danville.
To help pay for these costs, Larking proposed a one percentage-point increase in the meals tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. No changes were proposed in the real estate and personal property tax rates. In addition, no changes are proposed in base rates for utilities.
Since the proposal was presented, City Council has met in a series of work sessions to review the budget. During those sessions, City Council has strived to enhance retirement benefits for public safety employees and balance the budget without an increase in the meals tax. Among other cuts, City Council has agreed to reduce spending for blight eradication by $300,000.
As it stands, the changes would still require a 0.5 percentage point increase in meals tax, but in the special budget work session on Tuesday, Council will deliberate further on balancing the budget.
In the business session, a vote is scheduled on the proposed meals tax increase, but that could change depending on what takes place earlier in the special budget work session.
Also during the business session, public hearings will be held on the proposed city government and Danville Public Schools budgets for the next fiscal year. City Council will note vote on the budgets, however, until its June 19 meeting at the earliest.
Votes are scheduled Tuesday on the following matters:
In addition to these votes, City Council will hold a first reading on four matters:
A first reading is an introductory step required by City code before certain matters can be voted upon by City Council. This step serves to provide public notice of pending action. Council cannot vote on this matter Tuesday. The earliest vote that can take place will be the June 19 City Council meeting.
During the second work session, City Council will discuss several items, including a lease agreement with Norfolk Southern that would allow the City to landscape a portion of Norfolk Southern’s property on Craghead Street across the Danville Science Center.