City Council will meet Tuesday, May 15, 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 the process to 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. Budget discussions will continue in the 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. Larking also proposed fee increases for airport hangar rentals and building inspections. In addition, fee adjustments are proposed to accommodate the acceptance of credit cards for payment.
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.
The changes would still require a 0.5 percentage point increase in meals tax, but Council will deliberate Tuesday night on further spending reductions.
No changes are proposed in the real estate and personal property tax rates. In addition, no changes are proposed in base rates for utilities.
Public hearings will be held during the business session Tuesday on the proposed increase in the meals tax and the increases for airport hangar rentals and building inspection fees and charges. City Council cannot vote Tuesday night because they are first readings. A first reading is an introductory step required by City code before certain matters can be voted upon by City Council. The earliest vote that can take place will be the June 5 City Council meeting.
Also during the business session, City Council is scheduled to hold first readings on the following matters:
- allowing Danville Public Schools to carry forward additional unexpended money from the current school year to the next school year,
- appropriating $1.3 million for a feasibility study and construction of a track facility to be used by Danville Public Schools and Averett University, and to promote AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) track meets.
- a budget amendment to provide for receipt and appropriation of a grant to replace the gate access and camera surveillance systems at Danville Regional Airport.
City Council is scheduled to renew a moral obligation agreement to American National Bank for financed tenant improvements at the Old Belt One building located at 527 Bridge St. In April 2013, the Industrial Development Authority obtained a revolving loan from American National Bank for the improvements needed to 527 Bridge St. Currently, the principal amount outstanding is $753,310. In order to renew this loan, American National Bank requires the renewal of the City's moral obligation.