Dobbins Heights to present budget


By William R. Toler - [email protected]



Daily Journal file photo The town of Dobbins Heights will present its proposed budget tonight at 7.


DOBBINS HEIGHTS — Richmond County’s second smallest town will be working with more money than the past two years if the proposed budget is approved later this month.

Town Clerk Mary Magee will present the $342,191 budget at a meeting tonight at 7.

This year’s budget is nearly $30,000 more than last year’s — which was almost $5,000 less than the year before that.

The largest chunk of the proposed budget — $145,583 — will go toward administration costs, according to a table included with the budget message.

The town tentatively also has $45,109 appropriated for streets, $52,047 for parks and recreation, $32,750 for sanitation, and $26,000 for public safety.

As for projected revenues, the town expects to collect $174,800 from local sales taxes, $15,000 from vehicle taxes, $4,000 from alcohol taxes and $11,179 from rents, concessions and fees.

Revenue from the current year’s real estate taxes is estimated at $43,000, with $19,370 coming from prior years’ property taxes.

An additional 8,038 will be appropriated from the fund balance.

Magee said the property tax rate would remain at 50 cents per $100 in property value.

“(The) rate is based on an established total property for the purpose of taxation of $12,967,434 and at an established collection rate of 66.3 percent,” the message reads.

On July 1, 2014, the town voted to hire hire Zacchaeus Legal Services to begin a tax foreclosure program in an effort to bring in the uncollected revenue.

The budget will be available for public review at town hall for 10 days and a public hearing is scheduled for June 23, after which the council plans to adopt it.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_toler.

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The town of Dobbins Heights will present its proposed budget tonight at 7.
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The town of Dobbins Heights will present its proposed budget tonight at 7.

By William R. Toler

[email protected]

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