Boykins proposes budget with no tax increase

Published 10:23 am Saturday, May 14, 2011

BOYKINS—Boykins Town Council on Tuesday proposed a $221,500 budget for 2011-2012 that does not call for an increase in real estate taxes.

No services will be cut or added, said Mayor Spier Edwards.

“We will try to provide better services with what we have,” Edwards said.

The town recently sent public works supervisor Jerry Hannah to Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy in Prince George County. Hannah graduated with honors and will provide police protection during the day while also serving as public works supervisor at no extra cost to the town.

“He will be able to fill in and handle any complaints or problems during his shift when the other police officer might not be on duty,” Edwards said. “We could give him a day off during the week so he can work Saturday or Sunday.”

Boykins has one additional full-time officer.

The budget, which is $3,000 more than the 2010-2011 spending plan, does not include pay raises for the town’s four full-time and two part-time employees.

“We’re trying to hold everything down,” Edwards said, noting employees have good retirement and hospitalization plans.

Residents will continue to pay $9 a month for garbage service, which is billed quarterly to save postage.

In related matters, the town council authorized Edwards to take legal action to collect delinquent real estate and personal property taxes, and garbage and business license fees.

The collection of real estate taxes has improved due to a number of foreclosures. Now that the banks own these properties, the banks are paying the taxes, he said.