With a unanimous vote and no discussion, the Danville City Council approved the city's 2006 $6.1 million tax levy.

Ward 4 Alderman Terry Baldwin, who recently had a liver transplant, was absent because of a medical checkup.

The levy is a 0.73 percent increase from 2005's $6 million levy.

The city's levy uses the same equalized assessed valuation of $317 million as last year and shows a 0.71 percent increase in the property tax rate. The 2005 rate of $1.91 per $100 assessed valuation would increase to $1.92 per $100 assessed valuation.

This means a homeowner with a house valued at $60,000 would pay about $385 in property taxes to the city.

But any increase in equalized assessed valuation means the city's property tax rate will decrease. The rate won't be known until April.

A 3 percent EAV increase, as the city saw last year, would mean a tax rate of $1.84. This would mean $368 in annual property taxes to the city for a house valued at $60,000.

Also Tuesday, the council:

-- Postponed, with an 8-5 vote, approving a collective bargaining agreement with the Danville firefighters Local 429.

Aldermen were in closed session for about an hour discussing the contract.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said some aldermen wanted a chance to read and review the entire 72-page document.

-- Heard from Chandler Street resident Kevin Siefert about downtown parking and the demolition date of the dilapidated house next door to her.

Siefert warned aldermen that more people are avoiding parking downtown because of the towing of vehicles at Towne Centre.

She also asked when the house at 714 Chandler St. will be torn down as part of the city's demolition package next year.

Eisenhauer said if aldermen approve the bond issue this month, the 100-plus demolitions will be completed in the next nine months.

-- Approved a five-year agreement with TALX Corp. of Missouri to provide unemployment cost management services for $700 the first year, with a 5 percent increase in the fee each of the following years.

-- Amended an ordinance pertaining to auxiliary police officers to reflect state statute.

The officers no longer will be considered conservators of the peace because they don't go through regular police officer training.

-- Amended the city¡¦s plumbing code to allow plumbers to use additional materials.

-- Approved a utility easement agreement with AmerenIP for overhead power lines for the Bunge biodiesel project.