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November 9, 2013

County board to vote on tax levy

Increase would be first in years

DANVILLE — A tax increase for the proposed 2013-14 Vermilion County budget is causing some opposition among Vermilion County Board members.

Vermilion County Board members are scheduled to vote on the budget and levy at their Tuesday meeting. The rate and levy have been on public display for the last month.

Board chairman Gary Weinard said some board members — both Republican and Democrat — has questioned the upcoming fiscal year’s budget and levy, possibly as a result of the small tax increase. The tax increase is the first in several years.

The 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.

“We think with some prudent management we will be able to end up at not nearly that amount,” Weinard said, noting unused funds returned by officeholders and department heads pulling the county into the black each of the last two years.

An increase for the Public Safety Building to cover the Juvenile Detention Center, which the PSB took over last year, eliminated that possibility of no tax increase. The payment — which totals $500,000 — was covered in the budget last year by fund balances.

The 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.

Five board members — John Criswell of District 5, Mike Dodge and A.J. Wright of District 7, Dennis Miller of District 6 and Terry Stal of District 4 — all voted against putting the budget up for public display at the board’s October meeting. Rick Knight of District 3 joined the other five in voting against the levy in October.

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