Danville's new city manager, Darrell Blenniss, already is taking some heat for suggesting at a budget workshop last week that city government should begin looking at some new sources of revenue.
Blenniss has drawn fire because his suggestions might be construed as proposals for a tax increase, possibly in the form of a garbage collection fee or a stormwater utility fee. He also suggested annexation of a couple of local industries as a way to raise revenues.
But rather than being criticized, Blenniss ought to be praised for bringing some much-needed clarity to the city's financial condition. Basically, Blenniss is telling the mayor and city commissioners that if they plan to build a new city hall and undertake other major projects, they had better be looking for a way to pay for them. That's what a good city manager does, give the commissioners the facts so they can make informed decisions.