No rate increases expected for Jonesville

By Beanie Taylor - beanietaylor@elkintribune.com

JONESVILLE — No increases are expected in taxes or water rates in Jonesville, according to a budget proposed by the town manager for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Town Manager Michael Pardue, who also serves as the official budget officer, will present the budget at a special meeting on May 29 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall.

“We want people to come. We want them to get involved,” said Pardue during the monthly Town Council Meeting, where continued town improvements through citizen participation was a prominent theme.

Although some of that participation has been forced through code violations intended to clean up the environment in and around town including derelict properties and animal violations, many citizens have offered voluntary involvement.

Pardue pointed out the opportunity for citizens to participate in the adopt-a-road program by contacting him at 336-835-3426 as well as continuing to care for their own property.

Citizens as well as several board members received accolades for their support of local events as well.

“We had a really nice crowd,” said Jonesville Historical Society President Becky Wood, when talking about the crowd present at the Jonesville Jubilee.

“Everyone really seemed to have a real good time. We had music all day long and everything just went off smooth. The kids just loved the [hot air] balloon, and the fireworks were a favorite like they always are.”

Wood continued to thank the members of the police, fire and sheriff’s departments for their participation.

That participation was challenging for the Arlington Fire Department, who celebrated 60 years of service the same day as the Jubilee; however, members still were on hand to do their duty by the day’s end.

“There was a really good turn out,” said Councilman Andy Green, who expressed his appreciation for the fire department and the people who attended the open house.

The officers of the Jonesville Police Department also received special notice at this month’s meeting.

“On behalf of the mayor, town council and the community, I’d like to thank you for what you do,” said Commissioner Anita Darnell to the assembled officers.

“You’re job’s not an easy one. You’ve made a difference in a lot of our lives. You’ve put Jonesville first,” said Darnell, acknowledging during National Police Week that the officers have often missed family obligations in order to serve their community.

“When duty calls, you drop everything to respond. We thank you for risking your lives for ours. It takes a strong and brave person to deal with the things that you do for us. We want to thank you for making the choice to protect and serve Jonesville.”

Police officers as well as council members and other town staff will be present at the next regular council meeting, which will be June 11.

Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.

By Beanie Taylor

beanietaylor@elkintribune.com