For the moment, Danville city commissioners want to charge $6 for garbage collection with no curbside recycling and increase the payroll tax from 1 percent to 1.2 percent.
Immediately after voting for the new taxes, Commissioner Terry Crowley said he wants to be clear that it's not over yet. The tax rates and plan could change anytime before the second reading of the budget ordinance, which must occur before the budget year begins on July 1. There has yet to be a first reading.
For more than three hours, commissioners debated different plans - everything from Mayor John W.D. Bowling's idea to levy a 1.5 percent payroll tax to a $10 garbage fee, including recycling, and a 1.25 percent payroll tax.
The city now pays $6.80 per household to have garbage collected and charges residents nothing. If households were charged a garbage fee, the money would be used to pay for garbage collection. The money now spent on the garbage contract would pay for the construction of a police station and city hall, renovate other city buildings and buy large equipment like police cruisers and public works vehicles. It will take several years before the buildings are actually built.