A change to a City Manager form of government in Danville would not mean lower taxes, but it would mean more bang for the buck. That was the message Monday night at a public forum hosted by Moving Danville forward, the organization that got a referendum to change on the upcoming ballot.
The audience was told that Danville is in economic trouble. Sybil Mervis is one of the proposal supporters and said the city needs a trained professional
Under the plan, a city manager would oversee the financial part of running the city. A part-time mayor would be responsible for city promotion, working with community and state agencies, and being the face of the city.
Former alderman Jerry Askren said the small crowd at the meeting showed that more work must be done to tell the public that the change is needed. About 30 people attended the forum. They wondered whether the city manager would increase the payroll, and what would be done differently that the current operations. Supporters feel the position will pay for itself through budget improvements. The city manager would be hired by the aldermen, so they would have more control of city operations.
Danville voters will get the chance to vote on the change during the November election.