Danville getting closer to a final budget, closing $1.4M gap

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Danville City Council is getting closer to having a finalized budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Last week, an increased meals tax that would generate $1.2 million failed.

They also chose to allocate an additional $200,000 to public schools, which leaves a $1.4 million budget gap.

Council is proposing$1.8 million in cuts and added revenues, $169,500 in program area reductions and $86,000 taken from contingency funds.

The city says their three main goals for the year remain.

"Improve education, improve public safety and grow Danville, which is economic development," says City Manager, Ken Larking.

There will be a public hearing on June 6 for the budget and the final budget will be voted on June 20.