The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 3, 2013

Council to consider wage chart, Tilton property

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Aldermen will consider a new wage administration chart Tuesday night before approving a new 2013-2014 budget in the next few weeks that addresses Mayor Scott Eisenhauer’s proposed reorganization of positions and departments.

The city’s $22.7 million proposed general fund includes an increase in personnel expenses of $563,000. The increases are due to health insurance, the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

There are no reductions in any city positions. There still will be 254 full-time city employees, Eisenhauer said.

The budget includes salary increases for non-union employees of about 2 percent, in addition to union contract increases.

In other business, the city council will consider:

n Authorizing disconnection of territory for the Village of Tilton.

The property is the site of the Tilton water treatment facility and an ATV park and would be disconnected from the city.

Tilton is the owner of the property, which is less than 160 acres in size and has no electors.

Danville will not lose any property taxes from it. The Village of Tilton is exempt from property taxes and no city taxes or assessments are owed on the property.

The city annexed property around there years ago and General Motors had owned the property in question and donated it to Tilton. Somehow the property was annexed into the city of Danville.

The property is contiguous to the Village of Tilton and Tilton wants to annex the property.

--Approving the city’s new annual action plan for Community Development Block Grant funding for 2013-2014.

--Creating a revenue line item in the city’s budget for video gaming income.

The state expanded video gaming in 2012, allowing certain businesses to operate video gaming machines for profit.

The city will derive revenue from the operations under the Illinois Video Gaming Act. The city has received $121.13 in December and $1,427 in January.

--Amending the city budget for $10,000 in additional expenses related to advertising and job vacancy postings; and $10,300 in expenditures for fire and police promotional testing and employee safety program training.

--Approving several end-of-fiscal year budget amendments.

--Approving an agreement with Comcast for phone and Internet service.

--Amending city code pertaining to electricity. Changes and clarifications pertain to aluminum wire regulations, bonds no longer being required and Class B license holders.

Coming up

Danville City Council members will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.