Danbury seeks no tax increases in budget

By Nicholas Elmes - nelmes@civitasmedia.com

During a public hearing last week on his proposed 2016-17 budget, Danbury Town Administrator Mike Barsness said town residents would see no increase in taxes.

He said the $68,300 budget represented a six percent increase over last year’s budget, primarily due to plans to use more Powell funds to perform repairs on Sheeprock Road.

Barsness said what the town pays for garbage service and for its annual audit would also increase, but noted that the town should also be taking in more in sales taxes based on this year’s performance and projections for the the coming fiscal year.

Even with that additional revenue, Barsness said the proposed budget still relies on drawing $4,245 from the town’s fund balance.

“With the loss of ad valorem taxes through the last revaluation and the loss of some state generated revenues, it now requires us to use fund balance for our annual budget,” said Barsness. Last year we pulled about $6,300. This year it will be less, but we would still have to raise taxes by four cents to cover the money being pulled from fund balance.”

Barsness said he hoped to be able to return most of the money pulled last year to the fund balance at the end of the year, adding that any money the town wanted to spend to move forward with its pedestrian planning would require an additional budget amendment later in the fiscal year.

Pedestrian planning

Barsness said he had heard no negative comments about the town’s proposed pedestrian plan which would create new sidewalks and a possible green-way connecting the downtown area to both Moratock park and the government center.

“I have met with the county and they seem very open to being a partner where they can be,” said Barsness.

Tree removal

During their meeting last Wednesday, the Town Council approved spending $2,750 to remove two pine trees which have become a possible threat to Town Hall.

Barsness told the town he had received two quotes for the tree removal with the high bid coming in at $4,000.

“I would just assume pay the money now rather than having to have meetings in the library while we rebuild town hall,” said Councilman Gary East.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

By Nicholas Elmes


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