No one stood up or spoke during the public comment period during Monday night’s Jonesville council meeting, as the town voted to keep the tax rate at 40 cents per $100 of assessed value.
Following the budget comment period the town moved into the regular public comment portion of the night, giving citizens one final chance to address the board on. No one spoke up concerning the budget.
A woman spoke during the regular public comment portion, and she told the commissioners how the taxes waged on building owners was unfair. She said that owners with multiple uses per building should not have to pay so many taxes, and that many entrepreneurs were either leaving or would leave Jonesville.
Judy Wolfe thanked the board for their support during her recent health problems and for their attendance at the Jonesville Jubilee, then welcomed them to attend the July 4 celebration in town.
With no further discussion, the board voted to approve the budget.
Commissioners Dale Swofford addressed the commissioners and showed a presentation about the recent opening of the greenway. He told the council that when he leaves for Shelby, N.C. at the end of the month the greenway would become their responsibility. What happens to the trail next is “only limited to the imaginations and dreams” of those involved.
Mayor Lindbergh Swaim then presented Swofford with a plaque and read aloud a resolution in Swofford’s honor, marking his time and service given to the town of Jonesville.
The Yadkin Valley Head Start petitioned the commissioners to adjust a recent water bill for them. They said the Head Start received an unusually high water bill unlike their normal usage, but after the water meter was examined no leaks could be identified.
The Council ultimately decided to not give the Head Start an adjustment in order to be fair to other town residents. The program will be able to discuss the matter with the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority as to their portion of the water bill.
The commissioners were still unable to award a bid on painting and replacing the nets at Lila Swaim’s tennis courts. Two bids, one from Court One and another from Triad Fence, Co. were received, but three bids are needed for the town to decide. There is a $4,000 difference between the higher - Court One - and the lower Triad.
Court One is primarily a tennis court company, but Triad, according to Commissioner Andy Green, began its business by working on tennis courts before moving to fencing.
Commissioners did say that the town could act if a reasonable effort had been made to secure a third bid. Retired Starmount teacher and tennis guru Danny Macemore has been working with the town to determine a good bid. The council hopes to have a decision made soon.
The Town Council finished the night behind closed doors discussing property disposition.
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