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Boykins Town Council puts focus on collections

The Boykins Town Council addressed a variety of new business items during its July meeting, including a dog/kennel ordinance and State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, but the council also decided to focus on some unfinished business — recovering delinquent taxes and other outstanding fees.

“Means of collecting taxes has been a topic of discussion for the last few months, including booting vehicles, various liens or even outsourcing collection efforts to a collection agency,” Boykins Town Clerk and Treasurer Victoria Edwards said. “A collection policy will be presented at the August meeting for council to adopt. 

“Residents wishing to avoid these collection measures should contact the office immediately to settle their delinquent accounts or set up a payment plan,” Edwards added.

The contact number for the Boykins Town Office, which is located at 18206 Virginia Ave., is 757-654-6361.

In new business, Edwards said the council requested that she bring a proposed ordinance to the August meeting that limits the number of dogs a resident may have within town limits.

Among the other new business items was the subject of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

“I informed council that the Town of Boykins received the first payment of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds in the amount of $95,187.38 on June 30,” she said. “Council granted my request to move the funds to a separate account.”

She added that the July meeting is the first time the Town Council learned about the funds, and no projects or possible uses of the funds were decided on at the meeting. 

Another new business item on the agenda was called “Fleet fuel vendor change,” and Edwards explained its significance.

“The town was using Freedom Fuel for the town fleet, but Parker Oil no longer provides diesel fuel at the Boykins location,” Edwards said. “The town has adopted to change to WEX Sourcewell Fleet program, which will allow them to use the local gas stations for fueling town vehicles and equipment.”