DANVILLE — The village of Danville is prepared for 2019.
Village council members approved a proposed budget for 2019 at its meeting Monday. The budget will be sent to the county auditor’s office for approval.
The proposed budget includes revenue of $650,000, but has expenditures of $864,734. There is expected to be $190,524 left over from the 2018 budget, thanks in part to money received from the sale of some property to the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District.
“We’re in a better place than we were 10 years ago. Our demographics haven’t changed. We like to say we’re trying to spend our money wisely,” said Mayor Bob Dile.
The water and wastewater funds are separate from the rest of the budget and must be self-sustaining. And, because of the EPA mandated improvements to the wastewater treatment plant, the village is raising sewer rates by $14 per month. That covers the upgrades and lateral inspections, and will help the sewer funds stay out of a projected hole of $28,000 by the end of this year.
Dile asked that a committee be formed to review the numbers associated with the debt service and expected revenue, so that council won’t have to raise the sewer bills so drastically in the future.
Clerk-Treasurer Laurie Vess reported that residents paid more than $4,700 in water/sewer bills online in a new program offered by the village.