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Council approves $34 million spending plan

Balanced 2012-13 budget retains same services with less revenue

At its Tuesday meeting, the Danville Town Council approved its operating budget and capital improvement plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year, despite a drop in revenue.

The $34 million spending plan calls for $26.1 million budgeted for town expenses, $2 million for the town as successor agency to the former Danville Community Redevelopment Agency and $5.9 million in capital expenditures. The approved budget is down from this fiscal year's expenditures of $35.2 million.

Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said that, while Danville was affected by the state's elimination of redevelopment agencies, the town was able to approve a balanced budget due to careful financial planning.

"The goal of the budget process is to keep the town's highest priorities in focus," Calabrigo explained. "That way we can provide services that are most important to the largest possible segment of our community, while staying within our means."

With a 12.6 percent reduction in overall expenditures, the new budget will continue to place emphasis on police and maintenance -- 30.9 percent and 22.5 percent of all expenditures, respectively. Costs have been cut across all Danville departments, including a 0.5 percent decrease in police services and the elimination of one full-time patrol officer.

Danville's 30 sworn officers have accepted a pay cut for the year, though benefit costs will continue to increase, Calabrigo told reporters. Additionally, two community service officer positions, as well as the assistant town manager and a position in the building department will remain vacant. For the third time in four years, there will be no salary increases for town staff.

Property tax revenues, at $10.6 million, have decreased 1.3 percent from the previous fiscal year and have declined by 6.7 percent from its peak in 2008-09. Sales tax revenues are projected to total $3.6 million (a 2.8 percent increase from last year) and are continuing to rebound after declines beginning in 2008.

Town officials also approved a list of capital improvement projects (CIP), a revolving five-year program that guides current and future projects. CIPs generally include the acquisition of land, construction of new facilities or parks and major equipment purchases. This year's CIP highlighted synthetic turf replacement at Sycamore Valley Park, with completion expected in spring 2013, and a downtown street light conversion program which will replace 43 high-pressure sodium street lights with LEDs.

Nearly one-third of the funding for this year's $5.3 million CIPs come from general purpose revenue ($20.55 million this year), while an additional 20 percent comes from the park facilities fund. The town has 12 CIP programs listed for competition during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Calabrigo said the town will continue to operate with sound financial planning, with ten year projections showing that Danville is following a course that is fiscally sustainable.

"The adopted budget and CIP continue to reflect the careful financial planning that has been the town's hallmark. Department and program goals are identified to ensure that services address the highest priorities established by the Town Council, including providing: high levels of public safety, positive community appearance, development standards that retain our special history and character, a broad range of recreational and enrichment opportunities, economic vitality and growth, a proactive regional presence and community celebrations and special events," Calabrigo wrote. "Service levels to be provided in 2012/13 are largely consistent with those provided in 2011/12."

View the budget in its entirety on the town of Danville

Website.

Comments

Posted by Gunnther, a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2012 at 7:18 am

I love this town! I think they are doing everything they possibly can to ensure the success of our community. I would like to see an increase in the volunteer police and fire departments and have a program like VIPS (www.policevolunteers.com) become pervasive in the Danville community. This would not be a program as it's currently defined. I would like to see a program that puts the citizens and the police department on equal footing in the law and allow those that pay for protection (citizens) to have oversight of the police force. This would include ride alongs and other activities that would allow the citizens to become better prepared to use their own firearms, body armor, and other equipment that is primarily focused on police enforcement removing those capabilities from the citizens.

This would allow those in the community to volunteer to be a police officer and receive training about the law and its enforcement. This would increase the sense of community while providing oversight of our public officials reducing the number of racially motivated stops, overturned police vehicles on the freeway, and other forms of excess will be extremely hampered due to citizen involvement (where is the save gas program for the police? etc?).

Significant portions of my immediate friends and family are volunteer police and firefighters in Nevada. This is common practice. Although the truly trained, professional firemen cannot be replaced, the community can help support them while reducing the overall costs. I believe the majority of the folks who live in Danville support the community and public officials. While the costs increase, we need to look at ways to bring in the community and not 100% outsource the safety of the community to those who generally do not live here.

The majority of our public officials do not live in the town, and though they have sacrificed by not having income increases, the number of traffic citations and aggressive behavior by building communities and public officials to increase their fees have police officers at every stop sign giving tickets for even the most minor infractions. Luckily, I've been informed and not fallen victim to one of these citations, but they're certainly not designed to help the community - only provide more taxes or a way of funding the government.

I would personally volunteer for both programs as I have children and believe in this community and would like the opportunity to reduce the outsourcing while increasing the sense of community.

Oh - and let's bring back fireworks! Happy 4th of July!


Posted by Greg, a resident of Danville
on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Well managed town .. excellent focus on quality of life and town residents/workers. Glad to be part of this community.


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