The Danville City Council cannot agree on a property tax levy, and time is running out. The city’s proposed 2018 tax levy failed at the city council meeting with a 7-7 vote.
The 2018 tax levy must be adopted by the city council no later than Dec. 18 and filed with the Vermilion County clerk by Dec. 21. The plan that failed proposed a 4.98 percent increase in the city’s levy. The levy also proposes $410,000 in budget cuts. In addition, the public safety pension fee is proposed to increase 10 percent, or $2.23 a month for a single-family home.
There were several amendments made to the budget plan, but they failed. Some city council members said they could support an increase in either property taxes or the public safety fee, but not both.
There was no tie breaking vote because Acting Mayor Rickey Williams votes as the Ward 1 Alderman. He does not have tie breaking power like a mayor normally would have.
In other business Tuesday, the council reversed its vote from last month and approved by a 12-2 vote the rezoning of property at the southwest corner of Thornhill Drive and Vermilion Street. The change allows for construction of a retail strip center. The land is currently vacant.
Aldermen were satisfied with answer to earlier concerns about lighting and the size of the proposed building.