DOBBINS HEIGHTS — The town’s budget is growing, but residents won’t see a tax increase.
The town council held a short budget presentation prior to its regular meeting Thursday night. Town Clerk Mary Magee said although the town’s $320,365 budget is 2.6 percent higher than last year, property tax rates will remain the same at 50 cents per $100 in property value.
The largest chunk of the budget, $136,950, will go toward administration followed by $65,800 for street maintenance. Parks and recreation and public safety account for $24,000 each and $31,000 will go toward sanitation.
In addition to the operating budget, the town will continue to receive a $500,000 community development block grant from the state commerce department.
The budget proposal will be on display in the town hall from today until June 25 and the council will hold a meeting to adopt the budget June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
During the monthly reports, council member Angeline David said that the community pool would be opening June 23, with hours scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. She said the cost would be $2 per child but did not yet have a price set for adults.
Council member Tyré L. Holloway said he was working to find a contractor to repair the basketball court to “help our kids and give them something to do over the summer.” He also encouraged residents to call law enforcement if they saw any illegal activity in the recreation areas.
Both Holloway and David emphasized the need for donations toward a new playground in the community.
Richmond County Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. was also at the meeting to address residents’ concerns.
The sheriff said that he had stepped up patrols in the area.
“We have a presence here,” he said. “If you don’t see it, call me.” When one resident requested that deputies get out of their patrol cars and actually walk around the neighborhood, Clemmons replied, “Done.”
Clemmons also had a concern of his own. He asked the town to work with residents to improve visibility of house numbers for emergencies. He said deputies and other emergency personnel sometimes have to get dispatchers to call back to get descriptions of homes where the calls came from.
“When they need us and we can’t get there, they’re not gonna be pleased with us,” he said.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-997-3111, ext. 16.