The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 7, 2012

County board to put budget on display

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — The budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year will soon be under the scrutiny of Vermilion County residents.

Members of the county board will vote Tuesday to place the budget for the upcoming fiscal year up for public display in the county clerk’s office on the first floor of the courthouse annex.

Proposed budget figures released from the Vermilion County Board office indicate a slight decrease in levy totals from $11,589,132 for the current 2011-12 fiscal year to $11,581,810 in the upcoming 2012-13 fiscal year. The difference is just more than $7,300.

Once approved, the upcoming fiscal year will be the sixth consecutive year in which the county has not asked for a tax increase from residents.

Board members, as per statute requirements, will vote to put the budget out for public viewing in the county clerk’s office. The move requires only a simple majority of the board and the budget must be out on public display for 30 days.

The board then will be able to vote on the plan before the new fiscal year, which takes effect Dec. 1.

Budget numbers this year show an estimated overall revenue total of $42.02 million for the fiscal year, about $5 million under the $47.81 million estimated for revenues. Despite no tax increase, there are some weak spots among the budget’s figures, beginning with the county-owned nursing home, which is expected to be a $1.2 million loss during the upcoming fiscal year.