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October 5, 2013

Board to make budget public

No 'pro or con' reaction from area residents

DANVILLE — Residents are quiet so far about the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget and levy passed by the Vermilion County Board Finance Committee this week.

County board members will vote at Tuesday’s meeting to put the budget out for public inspection. By statute, the budget must be open for public perusal for 30 days before it can be voted on by the board.

Board chairman Gary Weinard said he’s not received an overwhelming “pro or con reaction” to the budget from residents in the days following the committee approval. The budget calls for a small property tax increase — the first in six years for the county budget.

“People are saying ‘Oh gosh, I was hoping that would carry forward,” Weinard said. “But once they understand the PSB rent went up half a million dollars, they shrug and say that was going to happen.”

The PSB rent payment increase comes as a result of PSB board taking over the Juvenile Detention Center last year. The extra costs — just more than $500,000 — were covered in last year’s budget by fund balances.

Although exact revenue and expenditure figures were not released at the committee meeting, Weinard has said proposed budget will be a deficit budget with figures similar to the budget passed by the county last year. The deficit figure will be $1.08 million, a little more than $20,000 more than last year’s budget.

Weinard told finance committee members he expects part of the deficit to be made up by officeholders returning unspent funds. In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, office holders and department heads returned $1.5 million in unspent funds.

The property increase will equal out to $5.60 for a person who pays a $1,000 property tax bill, $14 on a $2,500 tax bill and $27 on a $5,000 property tax bill. For a $1,000 tax bill, the increase is ½ percent increase in the overall tax bill and 3.6 percent increase in the county’s portion of the bill.

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