There will be no tax rate increase in the city of Danielsville this year.
But Danielsville city employees will likely pay a price for the council’s decision not to raise the millage rate for 2010. The council tentatively agreed during a budget work session Nov. 2 to furlough all city workers two days per month beginning in January.
Certification upgrades in pay will also be frozen for employees and there will be no annual Christmas bonuses.
“The budget has to be balanced,” councilwoman Junne Temple said. “If we don’t have the money to spend, we can’t spend it.”
But Temple added that she, along with the rest of the council, is “100 percent” in favor of removing the hardships on employees as soon as the situation changes.
The council agreed that employees need to work out a staggered schedule of furlough days for 2010.
The council will hold a hearing on the proposed budget, along with a special called meeting to set the millage rate on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. just prior to their regular worksession.
A second budget hearing will be held Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m., just prior to the council’s regular business meeting. The council is expected to approve the 2010 budget during that meeting.